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    Sale 7542

    Icons and Artefacts from the Orthodox World

    26 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 91

    THE MOTHER OF GOD OF SMOLENSK

    RUSSIAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    THE MOTHER OF GOD OF SMOLENSK
    RUSSIAN, 16TH CENTURY
    Shown half-length, the Mother of God supporting Christ and pointing to him with her right hand, him blessing and holding a scroll, Mother and Child looking away from the viewer and to opposite directions, despite the icon's traditional iconography the elongated, earthen-coloured features and graceful limbs assign a mannerist style to the image, the latter further accentuated by the unusual red lining of the maphorion, complimented by the green kekryphalos, the haloes circumscribed in red, against a taupe background, with a raised green border
    25 5/8 x 19 3/8 in. (65.1 x 49.2 cm)


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