Rare Old Russian Orthodox Bronze Icon : Saint Nikolas
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Rare Old Russian Orthodox Bronze Icon : Saint Nikolas:
RARE original early XIX c. Russian Orthodox bronze Icon : Saint NIKOLAS
AGE : 1800 .
TECHNIQUE : made of bronze . Heavy casting
SIZE : 55 x 65 mm .
SUBJECT :The Saint is depicted in the rich garments of a Bishop of the Byzantine Orthodox Church. He holds his right hand aloft with three fingers bent together in the glory of the Holy Trinity. In his left hand he holds a book of the Gospels.At the sides over the Saint's shoulders there are half-figures of Christ and Virgin presenting him with the Book of Gospels and Homophor.
St. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra in the IV century. He is one of the most popular Saints in the world. People of various occupations claim him as patron. He saved sailors from terrible storm, helped poor and saved innocents from the axe. He is the Holy patron of Russia .
The reason for this special veneration of this bishop, who left neither theological works nor other writings, is evidently that the Church sees in him a personification of a shepherd, of its defender and intercessor. "Having fulfilled the Gospel of Christ… thou hast appeared in truth as a most hallowed shepherd to the world:. According to his Life, when St.Nicholas was raised to the dignity of bishop he said: "…This dignity and this office demand different usaged, in order that one should live no longer for oneself but for others." This "life for others" is his characteristic feature and is manifested by the great variety of forms of his solicitude for men - his care for their preservation, their protection from the elements, from human injustice, from heresies and so forth. This solicitude was accompanied by numerous miracles both during his life and after his death. Indefatigable intercessor, steadfast, uncompromising fighter for Orthodoxy, "he was meek and gentle in his disposition and humble in spirit".
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