Material: bronze/brass/yellow metal (Muntz metal).
On the icon of Smolensk with Tsata, the Blessed Mother holds her Son with her left hand and with her right she points to Him. The Savior holds a scroll in his left hand, and the right hand is stretched out to bless him.
According to tradition, this icon was painted by the apostle and evangelist Luke. She came to Russia from Constantinople. The Greek Emperor Constantine IX. Monomachus gave his daughter Anna to the prince of černigov Jaroslav the Wise and blessed her with this icon when she set out for Rus ’. After Vsevolod's death, the icon was given to his son Vladimir Monomakh, who brought it to Smolensk. Since that time the icon has been called Smolenskaya. In 1238, during the invasion of Batus, the Tatars came to the city of Smolensk. No outside help could be expected, and the townspeople placed all their hopes in the Mother of God. She answered their heartfelt prayers and liberated the city.
Commemoration day: July 28.
To be seen in: Opdebeeck, Jos – Metalen Ikonen – Blauwdruk van een verzameling, Campinia Media vzw, 1997, ISBN: 90.356.1088, Page: 54
Russian icon | Mother of God of Smolensk | Bronze | 24854
Original antique Russian orthodox iconCertificate of authenticity from an independent expert at the Vienna Dorotheum
6 x 5 cm (2.4 x 2.0 in)
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