Orthodox icon | Saint John the Soldier | 24914

Russian icon

21.5 x 17 cm | 8.5 x 6.7 cm

19th century

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


He was born in the 4th century and lived in the Byzantine Empire until his death. Forced by Julian the Apostate to serve as a warrior against Christianity, he was imprisoned after being caught helping those in need or defending Christians, awaiting his death penalty. However, he was released after the Emperor’s death during a war.

The warrior is always depicted with dark hair and beard and wears a cloak. Three symbols characterize him; cross, spear and shield.

The exact date of death is unknown, but it is known that he died of very old age. According to a legend, he ordered the place of his funeral and subsequently a devout woman appeared. His relics were preserved in a church in Constantinople dedicated to John the Apostle. It is believed that his relics perform miracles. Believers ask the Saint for intercession and solace for casualties and bereaved people.

Remembrance Day: July 30.

Poliment-gilded background with engraved, punched and painted ornaments.

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