The Deesis

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reference number: RI_160

mid-19th century

tempera on wooden panel in silver-gilt oklad

36 x 30.2 cm


maker’s mark: Cyrillic initials F.V. of Fyodor Verkhovtsev

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials D.T. of Dmitry Tverskoy

assay mark of St.Peterburg, 1847

silver standard: 84 zolotnik


The icon shows an extended version of the Deesis (Greek “prayer” or “supplication”): in the centre is Christ Pantocrator enthroned, surrounding Him are the archangels Michael and Gabriel, the Virgin, St John the Baptist, and two male saints. The icon is encased in a silver-gilt chased and repoussé oklad with rayed halos.

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