Orthodox icon | "Don’t cry for me, Mother" | 24940

Russian icon

35.5 x 30.5 cm | 14.0 x 12.0 in

Beginning of the 19th century

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


The icon “Don’t cry for me, mother” comes from the Holy Saturday liturgy. Christ is shown standing in half length in an open coffin, the cross rises in the background. He has inclined his head towards the Blessed Mother, who supports him with both arms at chest height. With the arms crossed in front of the body and lowered eyes, the iconography is reminiscent of the Man of Sorrows or the Vespers image that was widespread in the West.

In the margin: a Holy Guardian Angel and the Holy Martyr Glykeria of Traianopolis (May 13).

Saint Glykeria of Traianopolis was born in Traianopolis, now Loutra Traianoupoleos near Alexandroupoli in Greece and died around 177 in Heraclea in Thrace, now Marmara Ereğlisi on the Sea of Marmara in Turkey. According to tradition, she was the daughter of the three-time consul Macarius. During a pagan sacrificial festival around 105 in Traianopolis, Glykeria professed to be a Christian and had marked her forehead with the cross. For this she was martyred.

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