12.5 x 10.5 in    32 x 37 cm
Egg Tempera on Wood, Engraved Silver-gilt Oklad with Seed Pearls and Enamel
Antip Kuzmichev
Private Collection

The Virgin holds her arms outsretched in an attitude of prayer with a medallion of Christ blessing in her breast.  The ikon is magnificently embelished with a sewn overlay netting of pearls. Three stars on her shoulders and head are set with gemstones.

The halo of the Vigin is richly enamelled in shades of red and blue with an encircling border of white.

Photo credit:  Andre Ruzhnikov

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