St Nicholas the Miracle Worker of Myra

Palekh School
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reference number: RI_074

circa 1790

tempera and gold on wooden panel in silver-gilt oklad

42.7 x 40 cm


maker’s mark: Cyrillic initials I.M. for an unidentified master

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials A.V. for Alexey Vikhlyaev

alderman’s mark: Cyrillic initials A.O.P of an unidentified master

assay mark of Moscow, 1790

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

A finely painted Palekh school icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. The icon is encased in a silver-gilt oklad extensively engraved with scrolling floral decoration. St. Nicholas is depicted bust-length against the red background. According to the iconographic tradition, the saint is presented as an elderly man; his role as a bishop is emphasised by his insignia – the white omophorion adorned with large black crosses.

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