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A RUSSIAN ICON: The Crucifixion, first half of the 19th century, Nevyansk region. At center the Crucified Christ. He is flanked by the standard crucifixion scene figures: the two Mary's, the Apostle John and the Roman Centurion, and in this example Cosmos & Damian. At the upper left corner is St. Nicholas, upper right St. Uarl, lower left St. Antipas, and lower right an image of the Seeker of the Lost Mother of God. The borders with Vasily the Great and Feodosia. A large and complex icon. 17.25 inches x 14.5 inches (44.6 cm x 37 cm). Estimate $1,500-$2,500


AN INTERESTING RUSSIAN ICON: Saint John of Damascus, circa 1890. It is said that in the 8th century, the noted anti-iconoclast John of Damascus was in the service of the Caliph of that city. The iconoclast Byzantine Emperor Leo attempted to alienate John's employer with forged letters in John's handwriting which urged Leo to attack the Caliph. These forgeries were accepted by the Caliph, who had John's hand cut off as punishment. John took his severed hand to an icon of the Mother of God and prayed to be healed so that he might continue to write against the iconoclasts. The Mother of God heard his prayer and promised to heal him if he would compose hymns to her and to Christ. In gratitude for his healing, John had a commemorative silver hand affixed to the lower part of the image. Later painters, copying this image, often misunderstood the added hand and made it a third hand of the Mother of God. This icon illustrates this story. The original icon with the silver hand affixed to it is still kept at the Serbian Monastery of Khilandari on Mt. Athos. 12.25 inches x 10.25 inches (31 cm x 26.5 cm). Estimate $800-$1,200


A LARGE RUSSIAN ICON: The Month of January, 18th century. Finely painted in miniature and illustrating all the events and saints celebrated in the month of January. 17.25 inches x 14.75 inches (44 cm x 37.5 cm). Estimate $2,000-$3,000