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A SILVER-GILT ICON OF ARCHANGEL MICHAEL
A SILVER-GILT ICON OF ARCHANGEL MICHAEL
A SILVER-GILT ICON OF ARCHANGEL MICHAEL
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A SILVER-GILT ICON OF ARCHANGEL MICHAEL

MARKED SAZIKOV WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, ST PETERSBURG, 1879

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A SILVER-GILT ICON OF ARCHANGEL MICHAEL
MARKED SAZIKOV WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, ST PETERSBURG, 1879
Rectangular, the icon realistically painted on metal as the Archangel Michael, within a silver-gilt reeded border with applied seraphs at each corner, with velvet backing, the reverse applied with a plaque inscribed in Russian '[To] Michael Mikhailovich / Dreksler / from your colleagues / Riga 1881.', marked on lower edge
15 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (39 x 27 cm.)
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A gift to Michael Dreksler (1840-1885) from his colleagues in 1881.

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Michael Dreksler was a priest and rector of the Riga and Pskov theological seminaries. As a rector of the Riga seminary from 1870, he was also a member of the commission that worked on translating the Orthodox liturgical books into Latvian and Estonian. Later in 1881, he was transferred to the post of rector of the Pskov Theological Seminary. The present icon is most likely a leaving present from his colleagues at the Riga theological seminary.

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