The iconography subject is closely associated with a Greek icon of the Hodigitria Mother of God. The Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan made its apparition in 1579 at Kazan the capital of Tartar Khanat recently captured by the Russians. By this Icon young people are blessed at the altar. The feasts were established on 22 October (5 November) and 8 (21) July.

This old icon was painted at the end of the 19 or the first years of the 20 century with egg tempera on a wooden panel covered with levkas (gesso, special priming). The icon is covered with the original chased metal (brass or tin or soft iron) oklad (riza, metal cover).

The icon wasn’t restored recently. T is always a possibility of old restorations. Icons were not used as pieces of art. They were objects of adoration. Owners took care of them and refreshed and renewed their icons when necessary.

This is so called "under oklad" icon and painting beneath oklad may be schematic if any.

Condition is medium. T is a little damage on the icon’s face. Metal halo was cutted on the left side. Please, see picture.

Size = 5.3x4.5x0.7 (13.5x11.5x1.8 cm). Weight = 144 gr.


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