Orthodox icon | Mother of God of Kazan | Kazanskaya | 24856

Russian icon

bronze/brass/yellow metal

14.5 x 12 cm | 5.7 x 4.7 in

19th century

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Material: bronze/brass/yellow metal.

On this icon, Jesus is not sitting on the hand of the Mother of God but stands to the left of her. His right hand is raised in a blessing. The head of the Mother of God is slightly inclined towards the child.

The icon of the Mother of God appeared in the city of Kazan in 1579. The Mother of God appeared three times in a dream to a young girl in Kazan, the nine-year-old Matrona, and asked her to tell the archbishop and the city guides to dig up her icon from the earth. The Mother of God designated the place where one should look for her icon under the ashes of a house that had just burned down. But no heed was paid to the girl’s words. Then she decided to fulfill the mission of the Mother of God with the help of her mother. On July 8, Matronas’ mother began digging in the place the daughter showed her. But the icon was not found. After that, Matrona began to dig, and soon the sacred icon appeared. Although the icon had been in the ground, the icon was completely intact, and it seemed as if the icon had only just been painted.

Later the icon was brought to Moscow and in 1811 it was put up in the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, which was built especially for the icon. The Kazan icon of the Mother of God is particularly venerated in Russia. This image can be found in every church, in every believing family. The newlyweds are blessed with the icon of the Mother of God from Kazan’, and before her the welfare of the family is prayed for. The feast days of the icon are July 8 and October 22.


  1. Archangel Michael (Nov. 8).
  2. Mother of God.
  3. Christ Pantocrator.
  4. Saint John the Precursor and Baptist (June 24).
  5. Archangel Gabriel (Nov. 8).
  6. Apostle Peter (Jun 29).
  7. Apostle Paul (Jun 29).
  8. Saint Basil the Great (Jan 1, Jan 30).
  9. Saint Gregorius the Theologian (Jan 25, Jan 30).
  10. Saint John Chysostom (Jan. 30, Nov. 13).
  11. Saint Nicholas of Myra (Dec. 6).
  12. Saint Georg (Apr. 23, May 6).
  13. Saint Demetrios v. Saloniki (Oct. 26).
  14. Saint Venerable Zosima (Apr. 17).
  15. SaintVenerable Sabbatios (Sept. 27).
  16. Holy Guardian Angel.
  17. Saint John the Apostle (May 8).
  18. Apostle Andrew (Nov. 30).


To be seen in: Opdebeeck, Jos – Metalen Ikonen – Blauwdruk van een verzameling, Campinia Media vzw, 1997, ISBN: 90.356.1088, Page: 68.

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