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    Sale 7596

    Icons and Artefacts From The Orthodox World

    9 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 121

    THE MANDYLION

    RUSSIAN, 17TH CENTURY

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    THE MANDYLION
    RUSSIAN, 17TH CENTURY
    The face of Christ impressed on an undecorated cloth with its two upper corners knotted, the only additions being the rim of the halo, Christ's abbreviated name and the Greek title of the represented subject written in Cyrillic characters; with slightly squinted eyes, Christ's melancholic gaze directed towards the beholder, his realistic features devoid of sharp outlines, instead modelled with a variety of shades; the preparatory base of the flesh painted in olive, the shape and volume of the characteristics defined with red and beige hues, the shadows in tones of brown; the parted, shoulder-length hair and smooth, short beard depicted in saturated brown; the Mandylion set against a densely dark background, thus looking exaggeratedly dramatic; the fine silver-gilt oklad emulating the pattern of the Manylion beneath, the edge around Christ's face beaded, the border embossed with alternate rosette-and-leaf motif, an inscription on the raised plate in the bottom
    15 x 11 5/8 in. (38.1 x 29.6 cm)


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    Catalogue Notes
    This lot is directly related, both iconographically and stylistically, to a larger panel (55 x 44 cm) of the same subject, attributed to Simon Ushakov, kept in the Collection of the Theological Academy of The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergei, Moscow. See, D. Spanke, Das Mandylion: Ikonographie, Legenden und Bildtheorie der Nicht-von-Menschenhand-gemachten Christusbilder (Recklinghausen, 2000), p.17

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    Provenance

    Purchased by the present owner from the Ikonen Galerie Wedmenew, Berlin, in 1984.


    Pre-Lot Text

    From a Private German Collection


    Literature

    Published in G. Arndt, Ikonen aus Privaten Sammlungen (Köln, 1986), no.43
    This lot is accompanied by an expertise written by Heinz Skrobucha, dated 8 August 1984; and another by Dr. Reiner Zerlin, dated 16 April 1987.