London, South Kensington
18 May 2004
The Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, traditionally painted in strong colours, with gilt details, in a frame.
Russia, early 19th century.
12¼ x 10½ in. (31 x 26.5 cm.)
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With her high-piled ringlets, gold earrings and heavy black kohl, the woman portrayed in this funerary painting offers a glimpse of life almost 2,000 years ago