Depicted is a Orthodox icon | Saint Nicholas of Mozhaysk | Palekh.
This miraculous icon originates from the city of Mozhaisk. Saint Nicholas, depicted as a bishop, adorns liturgical vestments. In his hands, he holds a sword and a miniature church. He is accompanied by Christ and the Mother of God, standing on either side.
In the margin, we find depictions of Saint Venerable Hilarion of Gaza and Saint Martyr Uar.
Saint Nicholas, born circa 283 in Patara (now in ruins near Kalkan, Turkey), and passed away around 348 in Myra (now Demre, Turkey), holds a revered status as one of the most renowned saints in both the Eastern and Latin Churches.
Celebrated on December 6th, May 9th, and July 29th, his feast days encompass a multitude of customs. The name “Nikólaos,” meaning “victory of the people” in Greek, had been in use even prior to the Christian era.
Saint Hilarion of Gaza, also known as “the Great” (commemorated on October 21st), was a hermit and abbot. He was born in Gaza around 290 and passed away in Cyprus in 372. Many churches bear his name in Cyprus.
Saint Martyr Uar (celebrated on November 1st) lived in Egypt during the persecution of Christians. As a general and a secret Christian, he offered support to those persecuted and imprisoned for their faith.
This icon stems from the renowned Palekh painting school.