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Seller: finartco (69) 100%, Location: Athens, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 253745744632 ANTIQUE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ICON MOTHER OF GOD “JOY TO ALL WHO SORROW” 19th CENTURY Offered is an antique Russian orthodox icon of the Mother of God “the Joy of All Who Sorrow” from 19th century. It is hand painted with tempera colors, gold leaf and levkas (gesso) on wooden panel. Into the back of the board is a carved space for a panel cross member or "back slat". These back slats were used in Russian icons prior to 1880/1890. Subsequent to 1880/1890 advances in materials negated the need for these cross members. In Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Christianity, the Joy of All Who Sorrow is a title given to the Theotokos (Mary, the mother of Jesus). The iconography is specifically Russian, without Byzantine precedent. The icon depicts the Theotokos full figured standing in aureole holding the infant Christ on her left arm and surrounded by saints and crowds of suffering people.The theology in this icon depicts the Theotokos as our mother who feels our pain. It is believed, by Orthodox Christians, that she intercedes for us, bringing our pain into her Son's presence. She is praying our prayers with love, bringing our needs into the unique relationship that a mother shares with her children.She is our joy, because in her love she hears us. Her unceasing intercession and her limitless love help heal our sorrows.Size of icon: 27 cm X 23 cm X 2 cm (10.6 in. X 9.1 in. X 0.8 in); weight is approximately 742 grams (1.6 lbs). The icon is in very good condition for its age. Please examine all pictures carefully. Shipping worldwide is USD 75 by FedEx courier. Please take a moment to look at my other items!Please ask any questions before buying. Thank you for your interest. Country/Region of Manufacture: Russian Federation, Featured Refinements: Orthodox Icon

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