Russian icon | Tabletkla with the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, St Theodor and the Last Judgement

Icon: Tabletkla with the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, St Theodor and the Last Judgement B-17

Russia, Kostroma-region, second half 17th century
Tempera on cloth, 25.5 x 22 cm (incl. wooden frame)

Provenance:
25.5 x 22 cm (incl. wooden frame)
ALR Ref. No.: S00153444

Bibliography:
Unpublished
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The tabletka belongs to a cycle of pre-Easter Sundays, showing rare scenes on both sides. The one side depicts in the upper registers the creation of man by God, depicted as an angel, Adam and Eve with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Expulsion from Paradise. In the lower register, against  an elaborate architectural background representing a Russian orthodox church, St Theodore Tyron is depicted and the Sunday of Orthodoxy, celebrating the restoration of icon worship. The other side of the Tabletka shows the Last Judgement.

In former centuries tabletki were called ‘cloths’. They were made of several layers of cloth glued together. Tabletki were kept in a special case in the sacristy of a church, and placed on a lectern in front of the iconostasis on the applicable festival day or saint’s day.