The Mother of God of Iversk


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reference number: RI_033

1890s

tempera on wooden panel in silver-gilt and enamel oklad

31.5 x 26.7 cm

oklad:

maker’s mark: Cyrillic initials E.R. of an unidentified master

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials L.O. of Lev Oleks

assay mark of Moscow, 1896

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

The icon is painted in the traditional style, with the Mother of God and the Christ Child depicted against a light blue ground with gold highlighting. The Mother of God is depicted bust-length wearing gold embroidered maphorion. She holds her son in her lap and raises her hand towards him. The Christ Child, dressed in a folded himation, raises his right hand in benediction; in his left hand, he holds a small scroll. On the outer border, the central figures are flanked by two family saints, the Angel Guardian and St Martyr Claudia.

 

The icon is encased in a repoussé silver-gilt oklad, its border chased with a floral motif and mounted with a descriptive champlevé enamel plaque. The halo and corner mountings are adorned with cloisonné enamel, while vestments are decorated with lace silver filigree and beading.

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