The depiction of the “unburnt 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. The Mother of God holds the Ladder of Jacob. Around are 8 angels. In popular belief, this icon was revered as an aid against lightning and fire, and therefore as protection of the house or apartment.