Antique 19c Virgin Mary Three Hands Russian Icon For Sale
Antique 19c Virgin Mary Three Hands Russian Icon
Height: 12 inches
Width: 9-5/8 inches
Depth: 1 inche
Date: 19th century
Type: Russian Icon
A 19th century Russian icon of the Virgin Mary with the three hands, with a silver-gilt and brass oklad repousse and chased, possibly with maker's mark in Cyrillic. The icon appears to be hand painted oil on panel. We did not remove the oklad to inspect it as it is firmly attached. The icon measures 12" (H) x 9-5/8" (W) x 1" (D) and the back is covered in a linen cloth. This is the highly revered and significant icon of the Most Holy Theortokos Mary of the three hands. Commemorated on June 28th and July 12th annually. It is also called the icon of the Virgin Troyeruchitsa of the three hands by the Orthodox Serbians. This icon is known as the Miracle working Mary. The icon could use a proper cleaning, however, we leave that up to the buyer.
Saint John of Damascus, the great defender of Orthodoxy against the iconoclasts, was falsely accused of plotting against the Caliph of Damascus through the intrigues of the iconoclast Emperor Leo the Isaurian (reigned 717-741). The Caliph ordered St. John's hand to be cut off for his suspected treachery. The saint asked for the severed hand, and passed the night praying fervently for the aid before an icon on the most holy Theortokos. Waking in the morning, he found his hand miraculously restored, with only a scar around the wrist where it had been completely severed. In Thanksgiving, St. John has a silver hand mounted on the icon. When he became a monk in the monastery of St. Sabbas in the Holy Land, he took the icon with him. It remained there until it was given to St. Sabbas (Sava) of Serbia (January 14), who brought it to Serbia. Later is was miraculously taken to the Hilandar Monastery on the Holy Mountain (carried, according to legend, from Serbia to Mt. Athos by an unguided donkey), where it may now be found.
The icon is in very good condition for its age, with minor wear as stated below:
There is a white mark on the painting where the baby Jeasus' foot is;
There is another white mark on the tip of the fingers on one of the hands (not sure if this is dried up dust or actual wear);
The icon could use proper cleaning, but I leave that up to the Buyer.
I have taken many photos from different angles to show the condition of this wonderful collectible piece. Icon will be shipped carefully boxed and bubble wrapped to ensure safe delivery to its destination. Thank you for viewing and enjoy.
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Antique 19c Virgin Mary Three Hands Russian Icon: $750