Russian Orthodox Icon (Русские православные иконы). A beautifully rendered one-of-a-kind doll painted in Russia around 1994, when the doors and windows of glasnost and perestroika began to open, though long before commercial languor began setting in. The first five dolls are painted on both sides with two different icons. The first doll is a painting of the "Holy Trinity". The icon was painted by Russian's most celebtrated icnonographer, Andrei Rublev (1360-1428). It depicts three winged angels who appeared to Abraham. The angels are seated and gesture towards the chalice in the center of the table. Abraham's house, the ancient oak of Mamre and the mountainside are in the background. The Holy Trinity is the fundamental theme of Pentecost. The other side is the Holy Mandylion (Napkin) icon (also know as "Not-made-by--hands"). The liturgical name for this type is Christ Acheiropoietos, which means "a divinely wrought portrait". The image of the Holy Face was painted on silk flags and large banners and then carried into battle at the head of Russian armies to protect the soldiers from their enemies and to inspire them in combat.
The second doll has two distinct images of the Mother of God. One side is the Mother of God of Tenderness and the other is Her seated on a throne, refered to as The Seat of Wisdom. It is one of the earliest icon types of Her. The third doll has the images of Archangel Michael on one side and Archangel Gabriel on the other. The fourth shows Saints Peter and Paul. The fourth depicts two the church Holy Fathers: St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia (329-379) and St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (349-407).
The artist's signature on the bottom of the first doll. Circa 1994. 8 nest, 8½" down to 2". 1 only. Excellent condition.
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