Icon cross pendant of the St. Gabriel the Archangel (Архангел Гавриил). This exquisite cross pendant was painted by Andrey Mikhailovich Kotukhin using traditional materials: egg tempera, papier-mache, gold leaf, metallic paints, a squirrel hair brush and lacquer. Kotukhin is a highly acclaimed third-generation Palekh artist and has formed his own company in Palekh. Entirely handmade and painted on papier-mache using traditional materials: egg tempera, gold leaf, metallic paints, a squirrel hair brush and clear lacquer. Painted the back of the icon is a gold design. 1½"x 1½". With 20" silver gold plated chain. Gift boxed. 1 only.
Gabriel ("God is my Strength"). The Gospel of Luke relates that the angel Gabriel appears to Zechariah and the Virgin Mary, foretelling the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, respectively. In Eastern Orthodoxy Gabriel is revered as a saint.