This is alovely vintage Russian Orthodox (Palekh) hand painted prayer Icon (from Russia!) Entirely handmade and painted in Russia at the famous Palekh Icon School in Moscow -- This unique prayer Icon is extremely detailed and beautifully colored. It is made of high gloss painted black lacquer and features an image of Christ Almighty painted at the top. There are two doors (which open on the front). St Luke is painted on the left side of the Holy doors and St Matthew is painted on the right. The doors open to reveal a stunning image of the Holy Mother of God, Mary, and the Christ Child -- "Virgin of the Sign" Icon as it is known. It is among the oldest and most venerated Icon images in Russia. The Archangels, St Michael and St. Luke appear on each side of them. There is a small brass Orthodox Cross mounted on the top of the Icon, and a large Orthodox Cross is painted on the reverse side in yellow gold. The Icon measures 9 1/4" tall and 6" wide at the base. It is in excellent vintage condition except for one of the doors -- The right door has a broken hinge at the bottom and needs a new pin to secure it. It does not affect the overall presentation of the Icon however. It is ideal for display in the home or at church -- A wonderful spiritual gift for the coming Holiday season! Buyer to pay $5.95 shipping in the US!