European & American Fine Art and Antiques Including Russian & Asian Works
May 18th-19th, 2010
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LOT 18
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Lot 18
A RUSSIAN ICON OF THE DEISIS, 19TH CENTURY. The Greek word Deisis literally means 'entreaty' and is sometimes rendered as 'prayer' or 'intercession'. This was certainly the understanding of images depicting Christ enthroned at center flanked by the Virgin and John the Baptist from as early as the 12th or 13th century. However, the composition itself is much older and examples are known from as early as the 9th century. Some scholars suggest that in earlier times the meaning was not so much intercession as that of honoring Mary and St. John as the first witnesses of Christ’s divinity. The Deisis composition forms the apex of the icon screen known as the iconostasis. Icons such as the offered lot which depicts all three figures on a single panel although known from early times became increasingly popular in the 18th and 19th century, and were often displayed in one’s karsny ugol-beautiful corner. Scattered restorations and strengthening of highlights. 10.1 x 17.75 inches (25.5 x 45cm).
Estimate:  $1,500 - 2,000   € 1,125 - 1,500
Price Realized: $2,400.00
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