Diptych of Christ Not Made by Hand and the Kazan Mother of God. 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 Holy Face "Христос Нерукотворный" This icon of Christ is also known as "Not-made-by-hands" or Holy Mandylion (Napkin). 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 Kazan Mother of God is historically notable through several miracles and played a major historical role in Russia's destiny. The original icon was carried by Prince Dmitry Pozharsky (1577-1642) into battle. It made its apparition in 1579 in Kazan, the capital of a Tartar khanate, where, at the time, half the city was being destroyed by fire. A special church was built in Kazan in 1679, but the icon took up residence in Moscow. had been kept in Moscow. The icon then moved to St. Petersburg where it was installed in the Kazan Cathedral on Nevskii Prospect in the center of the city. This is one of scores of variations of this icon.