Whatever one's faith, we can all agree that this is a beautiful, spiritual piece of art.
According to the CERTIFICATE on the back of this wooden plaque, this is a...'Precise copy of old Byzantine Icon, on canvas with authentic agiography colors, inalterable in time. Made of pure silver 925, worked by traditional artisants.'
The wood plaque measures 8 3/4 inches across by 10 3/4 inches high. It's 5/8 inch thick. The art features the faces of Mary and Baby Jesus recessed in a very elaborate, ornate repousse frame of solid 925 sterling silver. The silver is embossed with angels, foliate, grapes, a large crown, banners, garlands and scrollwork. The silver portion measures 7 by 9 inches.
The back appears to be signed in a language we can't read...maybe French? It also has a sticker...ISO 9001-2000. This represents "a set of international standards on quality management and quality assurance developed to help companies effectively document the quality system elements to be implemented to maintain an efficient quality system". In other words, it's a mark of quality assurance.
The plaque is in excellent vintage condition. It's an estate piece...someone who collected unique / antique religious icons. This is circa 1980s.
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Vintage 925 Sterling Silver Icon Sacred Image Greek Plaque Byzantine Art