The depiction of the unburnt bush is the epitome of the virgin Mother of God: captured by the divine fire, she nevertheless remained unharmed. Since the 16th century The very complex depiction unfolds in Russia as an epitome of piety regarding Mary: The Mother of God with Emmanuel is inserted in an eight-pointed star formed by two diamonds lying one on top of the other. This star in turn lies on a rosette. In the lower star are the four evangelist symbols, in the rosette and in the upper points are angels with attributes that are derived from the Akathistos hymn. In popular belief, this icon was revered as an aid against lightning and fire, and therefore as protection of the house or apartment.


In the four corners the Old Testament prophecies about the Mother of God and the Incarnation of God. The symbols of the evangelists: the winged man = Matthew, the lion = Mark, the bull = Luke, the eagle = John.


  • Top left: Moses in front of the burning bush.
  • Below left: Ezekiel in front of the closed temple gate, the Messiah walks through.
  • Above right: the seraf who cleanses Isaiah's lips.
  • Bottom right: Jacob's ladder.


The feast day of the icon is September 4.

Russian icon | Mother of God of “the Unburt Bush” | 24831

SKU: 24831
  • Original antique Russian orthodox icon

    Certificate of authenticity from an independent expert at the Vienna Dorotheum
  • Age

    19th century
  • Size

    35.5 x 31.5 cm (14.0 x 12.4 in)

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