Offering for sale a most fabulous and old religious Orthodox Icon. The faces, and we assume other parts as well, are hand painted on wood, over which is the ornate Riza (Oklad) of fine metalwork, enamels, imbedded beads, etc. Take a look at the detail on this Riza, it is first of all three-dimensional, not flat, with the enamel work over the metal such as in Mary's red robe, with the detailed silverwork showing for the borders of her cloak and her hand as well; the entire garment of Jesus in silver metal showing, and take a look at the Holy Book He is holding, such detail, His hand up in blessing. Nailed over this is a large brass or similar metal crown and Holy rays surrounding Mary's head , again in wonderful detail. Please note there may be a very small part of the rays gone on her left side, we are just not sure how much was there originally. On the four corners are lovely decorations again with the silver metal showing. We do not know the metal content of the silver that is exposed, it may have actual silver content of be a fine metal of silver color only. There is a small crack line on Mary' s face from age. There is of course the expected wear on this Icon from it being loved so many years. As to provenence, we acquired this from another antique dealer we have known a long time who travels several times a year to Europe and brings us back fine religious objects of art. He purchased this from an antique shop in Budapest Hungary, where it was on consignment from a family that needed the money. We believe it had been handed down in this family several generations and they had been the only owners. It was bought originally in Russia in a group of three Icons, we do not know if they sold the other two. No age was quoted to us on this Icon, but we do know it is antique, we believe it to be circa 1800 - 1850 but this is a guess on our part, based on the quality of the work, the obvious age of the wood panel on which this was painted including its construction; the age patina and condition of the nails holding the Riza over the wood, etc. The photographs do not at all show the beauty of this Icon, the enamel work itself is fabulous, with jewel like touches of turquoise blue, greens, cobalt blue, green shades, and what looks like imbedded slices of old millefiori beads or something similar. We do not see a signature anywhere, and our opinion is this Icon was made not be a famous company of the time but possibly an individual artist; there is for instance the lack of any Greek lettering (although there may be some under the Riza). The icon measures 11 & 1/4" tall and 8 & 3/4" wide, and 3/4" deep with old hanging loop attached on the top. We have not tried to polish the metal, but believe this silver area can be more shiny if one desired to do so, and we also have not even cleaned this Icon. we will leave these choices to the buyer. We had some issues with our camera flash in the photos and had more reflection from the wood than expected; will post more photos shortly. Please be aware this is a sacred religious object of art and should be displayed in an area of respect and devotion. Layaway terms available on this item if needed. Payment by a verifiable cashiers check or major verifiable brand money order, International sale might be available if payment methods can be worked out..
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