St. John the Forerunner (Святой Иоанн Предтеча) brass and enamel icon. Northern Russia, mid to late 19th century. Deesis section. 4⅝” x 4¼” ( (12 x 11 cm). About fine condition, some darkening and loss to enamel, small hole at bottom, hinge remnants. 1 only. Guaranteed original.
Inscriptions in Church Slavonic: "Святой Иоанн Предтеча" (St. John the Forerunner). He is the most revered of saints, commonly known as St. John the Baptist (Святой Иоанн Креститель). St. John wears a sheepskin and a scroll which a prayer (in part) in Church Slavonic: "АЗЪ ВИДЕХЪ И СВИДЕТЕЛСТВО ВА ОНЕН СЕ АГНЕТЦЪ БОЖИЙ ВЗЕМ[ЛЯЙ ГРЕХИ МИРА]" "I saw and witnessed concerning him, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” in Slavonic. In Eastern Orthodox traditions, the Deesis (Greek: δέησις, "prayer" or "supplication") is an iconic representation of Christ Pantocrator flanked to the left by the Virgin Mary and to the right by St. John the Baptist with hands raised in supplication on behalf of humanity.