Our Lady of Kikk (Богоматерь Киккская) and Saints. A beautiful one-of-a-kind doll painted in Russia in 1994, when the doors and windows of glasnost and perestroika began to open, though long before commercial languor began setting in. All of the paintings were done by hand by two artists: A. Gromnitskaya and S. Surikov. Each doll is enhanced with gold leaf and each doll has a gold leaf Russian Orthodox eight-point cross on the back. The first doll has brown felt at the bottom. This is a seriously beautiful iconographic doll with masterful painting and execution. The faces and vestments are extremely well done. In addition, the lathe work is fine and the final coats of lacquer have been polished to a sheen. About fine condition (occasional minor wear to openings). (Due to the brilliance of the lacquer and the gold leaf, some of our pictures show reflective hot spots. Rest assured, none of these spots are on the actual doll pieces.) 5 nest, 5¾" in height. 1 only.
The first icon is the famous Our Lady of Kikk (Богоматерь Киккская) icon by Simon Ushakov (1626-1686) was painted in 1668. It came from the main iconostasis of the Church of St. Gregory of Neocaesaria on Bolshaya Polyanka in Moscow. The name derives from the 12th century shrine on Mount Kykkos on the island of Cyprus. The icon is from the "Mother of God of Vigilance" type, which embodies the theme of the passions of Christ and the foreknowledge of God by the Mother of His sufferings. Christ, when holding a scroll, symbolizes His role as teacher. The icon is in the Tretyakov Gallery. The other four icons are detailed paintings of Christ the Teacher, St. John the Baptist, St. Nicholas of Myra and Archangel Michael, respectively.
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