Orthodox icon | Four-field icon | 24973


  • Typ: Russian icon
  • Age: around 1800
  • Size: 27 x 21.5 cm | 10.6 x 8.5 in


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Icon of the Kazan Mother of God | Kazanskaya

In this icon, the positioning of Jesus and the Mother of God differs from the usual depiction. Jesus stands to the left of the Mother of God instead of sitting on her hand. He raises his right hand in a gesture of blessing, while the Mother of God inclines her head towards the child.

The appearance of the Mother of God icon took place in Kazan in 1579. She appeared three times in a dream to a young girl named Matrona, who was nine years old at the time.

The Mother of God instructed Matrona to relay a message to the archbishop and city officials, urging them to unearth her icon from the ground. She revealed the specific location, beneath the ashes of a recently burned-down house.

Unfortunately, Matrona’s words were not heeded. Determined to fulfill the Mother of God’s mission, Matrona sought the assistance of her mother. On July 8, Matrona’s mother began digging at the spot indicated by her daughter. However, they did not find the icon. Undeterred, Matrona took matters into her own hands and began digging herself.

Before long, the sacred icon emerged. Remarkably, despite being buried, the icon remained perfectly intact, as if it had just been freshly painted.

The Ascension of the Holy Prophet Elijah

Elijah, also known as Elias, hailed from Tischbe in Gilead and served as a prophet in Israel during the reign of King Ahab (873-853 BC) and Queen Jezebel. The icon portrays his ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot, witnessed by his disciple Elisha (Elisa).

Praying Mother of God | Orans
The Mother of God of the Burning Bush

This depiction symbolizes the immaculate nature of the Virgin Mary. Though engulfed by divine fire, she remains unscathed. Since the 16th century, Russians have revered this intricate representation as a symbol of piety towards Mary. The icon depicts the Mother of God, holding Emmanuel, enclosed within an eight-pointed star formed by two intersecting diamonds. This star rests upon a rosette.

Source: Orthodox icon | Four-field icon | 24973 © 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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