Russian icon | Triptych with Deesis

Icon: Triptych with Deesis H-20

Silver gilt and enamel oklad, makers mark D. Shelaputin, Moscow, 1885

Origin :
Russia
Period :
late 19th century
Size :
7.2 x 19.6 cm (open)
Provenance :
Private collection, Germany

The Greek word Deesis traditionally designates the composition in which the Mother of God and St John the Forerunner, in three-quarter profile, turn to the central figure of Christ Pantocrator in prayer. In this role Christ acts as supreme judge at the end of time, while the Mother of God, St John and the other saints serve as intercessors on behalf of all people. The present triptych shows the three figures from the Deesis from their shoulders upwards. Engraved in silver, the reverse of the triptych shows the cross on Mount Golgotha and the walls and buildings of the city of Jerusalem.

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