Kazanskaya Icon of the Mother of God. (Казанская икона). Virgin of Kazan, or, Our Lady of Kazan, or Theotokos of Kazan, represents the Virgin Mary as protector and patron of Her city. She is of the Hodegetria type. Originally the icon was found in a garden in 1579. It was carried by Prince Pozharsky into battle against the Poles. A church was built in Kazan for her in 1679, but due to its miraculous nature, the original icon had been moved to Moscow, so a copy was installed. In 1821, the first icon traveled to St. Petersburg where it was installed in the, at the time, newly constructed Kazan Cathedral on Nevsky Prospect. In 1918, the icon was seized by the Soviet Government, and while en route to Moscow, it vanished.
Egg tempera, gold, lacquer. Hinged papier mache box with border decoration. Gift boxed with description. 2¼"x1½"x1" (5.7x3.8x2.5cm). 1 only.
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