Russian Brass Icon
The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ
Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.3 cm
Period: 19th century
This portative traveller icon depicting the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ is made in casted and finely incised brass. It has faceted knob at the centre of the upper rim. The Transfiguration is one of the Twelve Great Feasts (‘dodekaorton’) of the Orthodox calendar and its iconography is based on various New Testament sources including Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The full-length figure of Christ is enclosed in a mandorla filled with radiant sunbeams, issuing three rays of light down towards the disciples. Christ stands on the peak of Mount Tabor with his right arm raised in a gesture of benediction. To either side of him stand the prophets Elijah and Moses. In the upper left corner there is a Seraph. At the foot of the mountain the disciples Peter, John and James abase themselves at the sight of Christ's theophany.
According to the style and manufacturing technique the icon can be dated in the 19th century.
All the presented dates are given to the best of our knowledge. For all further information please contact us.
For additional reading please see Russian Bronze and Brass Traveller Icons.
*Literary source for iconography explanation “A catalogue of the Russian icons in the British Museum” (online research catalogues)