St. John the Forerunner (Святой Иоанн Предтеча) brass and enamel icon. Moscow, mid to late 19th century. Deesis section. 4⅝” x 4¼” ( (12 x 11 cm). Fine condition, some darkening and loss to enamel, small hole at bottom, casting hinge remnants. 1 only.
St. John the Forerunner (Святой Иоанн Предтеча) is commonly known as St. John the Baptist (Святой Иоанн Креститель) in the West. St. John wears a sheepskin and a scroll which reads (in part) "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.