Orthodox icon | Easter icon | 25028


  • Russian icon
  • 19th century
  • Metal/bronze/brass icon
  • 4.3 x 3.9 in | 11 x 10 cm


A stunning travel icon, crafted from bronze, brass, or yellow metal, embellished with intricate blue enamel, captures the essence of faith and offers a visual narrative of profound spiritual events.

At the pinnacle of the icon, the triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ takes center stage. Radiant with divine glory, He emerges from the confines of the tomb, proclaiming victory over death itself. This awe-inspiring depiction serves as a powerful symbol of hope and eternal life.

To the right of the resurrection scene, Paradise unfolds in all its splendor. Enoch and Elias, two revered figures from ancient times, stand alongside the Good Thief, who, in a moment of redemption, found salvation through his encounter with Christ on the cross. Safeguarding this blissful realm, a cherub, with fiery sword in hand, vigilantly protects the gates of Paradise, ensuring its sanctity.

On the left side of the icon, the focus shifts to the empty tomb of Jesus. Here, Peter, one of the disciples, stands in awe and wonder at the miraculous absence of the body. The emptiness of the tomb symbolizes the transformative power of the resurrection and serves as a reminder of the fulfillment of prophecies.

Beneath the empty tomb, an angel engages in a profound struggle, taming the forces of darkness personified by the devil. This intense encounter highlights the eternal battle between good and evil and represents the triumph of light over darkness.

The lower section of the icon depicts the descent of Jesus into the realm of the dead, a pivotal moment in Christian theology. In this sacred act, Jesus liberates Adam and Eve, the first human beings, along with the righteous figures of the Old Testament, from the depths of death’s abyss. Led by the righteous and revered Saint John the Forerunner, this redeemed assembly proceeds toward the gates of Paradise, their countenances filled with anticipation and joy.

Every detail of this travel icon, from the choice of bronze, brass, or yellow metal to the meticulous application of blue enamel, contributes to its exquisite beauty. The fusion of artistry and faith invites contemplation and serves as a portable sanctuary, allowing believers to connect with the profound mysteries of the Christian narrative wherever their journey takes them.

Through its vibrant colors and intricate scenes, this travel icon serves as a window into the spiritual realm, inspiring devotion, deepening faith, and reminding believers of the transformative power of Christ’s resurrection and His redemptive love for all humanity.

Source: © Ikonen Mautner. Typing errors, other errors or changes reserved. For more information: “Das Synaxarion. Die Leben der Heiligen der Orthodoxen Kirche.” (http://www.prodromos-verlag.de/buecher.html) and Joachim Schäfer: Das Ökumenische Heiligenlexikon – https://www.heiligenlexikon.de

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Orthodox icon | Easter icon | 25028
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