Seller: superseller833 (163) 100%, Location: Short Hills, New Jersey, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 361701274634 Very rare Antique Russian Orthodox Icon " Mother of God Tikhvinskaya", 19 century, gesso, egg tempera on wooden board, hand painted. Size: 12" x 10" (31 x 26 cm) Very rare and nice piece of religious art. Will be shipped 100% insured with a tracking number. The Theotokos of Tikhvin is one of the most celebrated Orthodox Christian icons. It is said to be one of the icons written by St. Luke the Evangelist. According to tradition, in the 5th century, the icon was transferred from Jerusalem to Constantinople, where a church was built specially for it. These are the same traditions as accrue to the Hodegetria icon, suggesting the stories have become conflated; in terms of composition the Tikhvin icon is of the Hodegetria type. Some art historians prefer a date of about 1300, and a Russian artist. This matches a further tradition that the icon miraculously appeared, hovering over a lake, in Russia near Tikhvin in 1383.Since the 14th century, the icon was held in Tikhvin, where eventually Tikhvin Assumption Monastery was founded to host the icon.