Diptych of Christ Pantocrator and the Virgin of Kazan. This traditional Russian wedding or travel diptych icon is attractively housed in a plush velvet case. The case easily folds for travel. 3" x 2½" when closed.
The face of the Blessed Mother is grave, yet displays sweetness and saddened tenderness. Her head bows in the direction of the Christ child, represented standing upright and facing the viewer, bestowing a blessing. "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.
The icon of "Christ the Teacher" is a variant of the Pantocrator image. Christ is bearded, His brown hair centrally parted, and His head is surrounded by a halo. One hand blesses while the other hand holds the New Testament open to the passage from Matthew "Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." The inscriptions in Slavonic are: "Mother of God", "Most Blessed Holy Mother of God of Kazan", "Jesus Christ" and "He Who Is" around the halo.