Icon of The Mother of God of Vladimir (Богоматерь Владимирская). This is a very well-known Russian Orthodox icon of the Eleusa type. Eleusa is "Tenderness "in Greek (Umileniye "Умиление" in Russian). Here, the tender relationship between Mother and Child is expressed with great emphasis. Christ, as a child, touches his Mother's face with one hand and presses His cheek against Hers. Her sorrowful gaze foresees His Passion and She affectionately embraces Him as His Mother.
Meticulously etched on jewelry-quality brass at the Efremov Institute in St. Petersburg. Amazing work. Elegantly gift boxed with descriptions. 2"x 1½".