Antique Mother-of-Pearl Jerusalem Icon, 19th century
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Antique 19th century, Jerusalem School, Mother-of-Pearl Orthodox Christian Icon of convex oval form finely carved in low relief with a central oval medallion depicting The Adoration of the Shepherds flanged by two small round medallions with the winged heads of cherubs, the border is engraved Bethlehem with a round medallion below enclosed by three crowns and a star above which symbolizes the Three Kings and The Star of Bethlehem, and surrounded with pierced floral adornment.
REFERENCES: A comparable Mother of Pearl Icon which looks as if it were made by the same artist with a similar design and details, including the medallion with the three crowns and the star above, and also Bethlehem written in the Latin alphabet, except that the central medallion depicts The Last Supper, is published in the catalogue of the famous State Hermitage Museum CHRISTIAN IN THE HOLY LAND The Art Of Melchites And Other Denominations Of Orthodox Church Saint Petersburg 1998 Page 83 and dated by the Museum experts to the 1830s-140s. Also in this catalogue are published many other similar Mother-of-Pearl Orthodox Christian Icons bur not of such fine quality as this one.
CONDITION: The icon is in very good condition free of cracks, repairs, or restorations. The frame is a later addition.
MEASUREMENTS: Dimensions with the frame: 30.2 cm x 29 cm (11 7/8 in x 11 3/8 in). Dimensions without the frame: 15.8 cm x 14 cm (6 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in).
Due to the shiny surface of the Mother-of-Pearl, it is difficult to photograph, the pictures do not show the details of the carving or the real sparkling pearl color of the surface.
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- 19th century
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