Russian Orthodox Byzantine Style Hand Painted Altar Madonna Virgin Mary Mother And Child
This Russian Orthodox triptych altar is hand painted with the most amazing detail. Crafted in balsa wood with lacquer painted over papier mache, this sacred altar displays two Archangels, Michael & Gabriel, on either side of the Madonna Child when opened. The Russian Cross with onion dome atop the triptych represents goodness from Heaven. Red Cyrillic hand painted script and golden painted scroll work accents throughout.
The triptych is mounted onto a stepped platform base decorated with an elaborate
hand painted gilt design. The black lacquer has a great depth of color and is satin
finish smooth to the touch.
This lovely icon is in excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws.
Russian works of art such as these are unique pieces take months to make by hand.
Dating back to the 15th century, these triptychs were used as personal altars and were especially popular with travelers as it was believed that they protected the owner from harm and misery. Today, the triptych is placed on a shelf or table in homes and are used for prayers to a particular saint.
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- Type - Estate Collectible
- Region - Russia
- Design Era - ca. 2000 (Designed In The Antique Style)
- Composition - Balsa Wood With Lacquer Paint Over Papier Mache
Dimensions - 8.25" To Top of Cross x 4" Wide Doors Closed or 7.75" Doors Open