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1857 Fine Russian Icon - Christ in the Tomb (King of Glory) in silver revetment cover

A fine Russian icon depicting Christ in the Tomb also known as King of Glory and Humility of our Lord. This iconography is one of the most ancient images of Christ taking its origins from the 12th century  Byzantium. On the icon, Christ is depicted half-figured, standing in His tomb against the background of the Cross with His head is bowed and eyes are closed. The image is surrounded by the text in Old Slavonic from the Orthodox liturgy of the Great Entrance.

The image on the icon “King of Glory” seems to speak of the connection between the soul and body, death and resurrection, and the transition of Christ from earthly life to his resurrection. The icon symbolizes the earthly suffering of Christ for all mankind and His ascension. In Byzantium and Ancient Rus', the icon of Christ in the Sepulcher was a festive icon of Good Friday.

The icon is finely painted and is covered by a thick silver revetment cover hallmarked with the town mark of Saint-Petersburg, assayer's mark dated 1857, and maker's mark Ф.В for Feodor Verkhovtsev (active 1819-1867). 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 558-018-022-SP2
  • Size: 13 1/2 x 11 inches (34 x 28 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1857
  • Origin: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver revetment cover
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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