Holy Prince Vladimir (Святой Владимир) Easter Egg. An interesting icon egg painted in Russia in 1988, which was about the time the Millennium of Christianity was being celebrated and even though Communism had yet to be overthrown. The painting is detailed and "Holy Prince Vladimir" is lettered above the halo. The lack of a cross on the all black back also indicates the time period. 7" in height including the stand. 1 only. Gift boxed.
Vladimir Sviatoslavich the Great (958-1015) was a Novgorodian prince, a grand prince of Kiev, and the ruler of Kievan Rus' from 980 to 1015. His father was prince Sviatoslav of the Rurik dynasty. The Church conferred upon Vladimir many titles, including Holy Grand Prince, as well as "The Baptizer of Rus", and "Vladimir: Krasnoye Solnyshko", which means "The Beautiful Sun." Princess Olga of Kiev, his grandmother, was the first ruler (ruled 945-962) to convert to Christianity in 957. She was baptized in Constantinople in 955. Soon afterwards she built The Church of Saint Nicholas and the Church of Hagia Sophia. Saint Vladimir built his first church out of stone and dedicated it to the Dormition of the Blessed Mother of God.