Orthodox icon | Mother of God of the Burning Bush | 24424

Russian icon

31 x 25 cm | 12.2 x 9.8 in

around 1800

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


The depiction of the not burning bush is considered to be the epitome of the virgin Mother of God: captured by divine fire, she nevertheless remained unharmed. Since the 16th century The very complex depiction in Russia unfolds as an epitome of piety regarding Mary: The Mother of God with Emmanuel is inserted in an eight-pointed star formed by two diamonds lying one on top of the other. This star in turn lies on a rosette. In the lower star are the four evangelist symbols, in the rosette and in the upper points are angels with attributes that are derived from the Akathistos hymn. In popular belief, this icon was revered as an aid against lightning and fire, and therefore as protection of the house or apartment.

In the four corners the Old Testament prophecies about the Mother of God and the Incarnation of God.

Top left: Moses in front of the burning bush.

Below left: Ezekiel in front of the closed temple gate, the Messiah walks through.

Above right: the Seraf who cleanses Isaiah’s lips.

Bottom right: Jacob’s ladder.

The feast day of the icon is September 4th.

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