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    Sale 7596

    Icons and Artefacts From The Orthodox World

    9 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    "OUR SAVIOUR WITH THE WET BEARD"

    RUSSIAN (MOSCOW), CIRCA 1500

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    "OUR SAVIOUR WITH THE WET BEARD"
    RUSSIAN (MOSCOW), CIRCA 1500
    A rare version of the Mandylion, depicting Christ's face without the cloth which, according to the story, he used to wipe and imprint his features on his way to Golgotha; his eyes, long nose and small mouth rendered with refinement, the ogival form of his forehead mirroring the shape of his beard, the latter ending in a double point, the Holy Visage framed by flowing locks, his tripartite halo defined by a doubly incised rim, inscribed in red with the initials of the words 'I am that I am' (Exodus 3:14), the face painted with earthen tones, illuminated with brighter shades around the eyes and on the forehead, the hair, moustache and beard painted with denser nuances and heightened with black striations
    11½ x 10 in. (29.2 x 25.4 cm)


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    Provenance

    The current owner purchased this lot from Sotheby's, sale 14 November 1988, London, Icons, Russian Pictures and Works of Art, lot 439


    Pre-Lot Text

    From a Private German Collection