Russian icon | Two Metropolitans of Moscow, St Peter and St Aleksei

Icon: Two Metropolitans of Moscow, St Peter and St Aleksei H-12

Silver gilt riza dated 1865, city mark Moscow, master Mikhail Dmitrievitch Chein, Assayer A. Setsin

Origin :
Russia, Moscow
Period :
late 17th century
Size :
31.2 x 26.5 cm
Provenance :
Private collection, Belgium | Private collection, Netherlands
Published :
The Power of Icons, Russian and Greek Icons 15th - 19th Century, S. Morsink ed., Ghent 2006, pp. 160, 161, Cat. No. 46. | Ivan Bentchev, Ikony Svjatych Pokrovitelej, Moscow, 2007, p. 80

The Metropolitans of Moscow, Peter and Aleksei, are both standing with their hands raised in prayer to the Mandylion ‘The true likeness’ of Christ ‘not made by human hand’. Both Metropolitans are depicted wearing precious, richly adorned bishop's vestments. They each wear a white cap called a klobuk. In the Middle Ages it was customary for the archbishops of Russia to wear black caps. Only the archbishops of Novgorod and Pskov, three holy archbishops from Rostov (Leon, Ignatius and Isiah) and the Moscow Metropolitans Peter and Aleksei wore a white klobuk. After 1667, the Russian Metropolitans were granted the universal right to wear a white klobuk. 

The silver-gilt riza has been decorated in high relief with embossed floral patterns.

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