Russian Oklad Icon, Our Lady of Kazan, Mother and Child
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: item # 1198275
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Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
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|Russian Orthodox oklad icon of Our Lady of Kazan, Mother of God, on board with gesso, tempera, oil, brass gilding, engraving and embossing. A holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church, representing the Virgin Mary as the protector and patron of the city of Kazan. Copies of the image are also venerated in the Catholic Church. Icon ca 1850. 5 1/4" x 4 1/2". In excellent condition. Purchased in Bulgaria. Our Lady of Kazan, also called Theotokos of Kazan, was a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church, representing the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan. Copies of the image are also venerated in the Catholic Church. It was considered a palladium of Russia for centuries, until its theft and likely destruction in 1904. Two major Kazan Cathedrals, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, are consecrated to Our Lady of Kazan, as are numerous churches throughout the land. Her feast days are July 21 and November 4 (which is also the Day of National Unity). Ancient and venerated copies have been displayed at the Kazan Cathedral of Moscow, at Yaroslavl, and at St. Petersburg.|