Nice older Orthodox Icon of we believe to be St Nicholas of Myra, a 4th Century Bishop in what is now Turkey. He was the most popular Saint in the Byzantine world and Russia, still today the Patron Saint of Russia and protector of the weak and poor. We do not know if this Icon origin is Greek , Russian or Byzantine Orthodox, as the styles of these icons overlap in design and this was a gift to us for our collection, but it is an authentic Icon. We originally thought this to be Saint John the Apostle, who when in a single icon and not in a group is usually shown with high forehead, white beard and hair and or course holding the Sacred Test as he was known as the Theologian. A customer recently suggested it was St Nicholas and we have been able to find similar images on professional icon art references that show a near identical image as that of St Nicholas. Yes, the same St Nicholas from whom our beloved Christmas legend appeared. This Icon has we think a printed face and hand with a celluloid covering over, but this is only a guess. The Oklad is a nice brass or similar metal with lovely designs. One one side it says Made In S , with the rest of the work gone. It has been suggested this could be Serbian Orthodox. It measures 2 & 3/4" wide and 3 & 3/8" tall and is in very good condition with some age wear on the metal . Original hanging loop on top. , pink velvet backing. We think all original. Nice small Icon for the home, age unknown but not new and has a nice patina as well.
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