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Made by: Ivan Zakharov

Currently in storage

About this object

The Mother of God wears a brown maphorion with a gold border and gold star on the left shoulder and forehead. Christ, dressed in a red hymation with yellow painted drapery folds over a white chiton, presses his left cheek against his mother's face and encircles her neck with his left arm. The facial features are characterized by thick black eyebrows and strongly delineated noses, mouths and chin creases. Strokes of white paint highlight the forhead and outer corners of the eyes and the knuckles of the hands. The ground of the icon is adorned with a silver gilt repousse oklad with touches of yellow, green, white and pale blue enamel. The borders are marked by an elaborate rinceau of twining leaves with pine cones, with engraved spandrels at each corner. The ground of the kovcheg is covered with a scale pattern. The haloes of the Mother of God and Christ are plain silver set with floral cartouches and edged with a lacy border. Inserted in the back of the board are two carved and dovetailed transverse shponki.

Object name:
Made from:
Tempera on wood -- silver gilt
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
31.4 × 27.2 cm (12 3/8 × 10 11/16 in.)

Detailed information for this item

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Signature marks:
MARK; INSCRIPTION ICON: recto: "MR FU" "IS KHS" "VLADIMIRSKAIA"; verso) "#23" (in pencil, crossed out in red); "2212 240" (on label); "K22" (in red pencil); "HAS TO BE DONE NO 15" (on label); "No 15" (on label) OKLAD: on bottom edge and on lower right edge of halo 1) 875 (in lozenge); 2) A.K. 1849 (in square) for tester Andrei Koval'skii 1821-1856 (P-L #2108-2109), 3) 84 for silver content; 4) St. George and the Dragon for Moscow; 5) IZ (in square) for maker Ivan Zakharov (P-L #2555); 95 g (in script, punched in holes with open triangle over g)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973