Panagia with Mother of God of the Sign and Three Church Hierarchs T-10
- Russia, 16th century
- Carved walrus bone (in original engraved silver gilt holder) 6.5 x 4.7 cm (excl. hinge)
The medallion, one side of a Panagia, depicts the Mother of God Znamenie and the Three Church Hierachs, who are represented full length. Both images are finely carved in walrus bone and set into a silver gilt engraved holder. Panagia were worn by bishops and patriarchs. In the 16th century several monasteries in Russia had special workshops where pectoral icons, crosses and Panagias were produced for the clergy and for sale to visiting pilgrims.