The Mother of God of Kazan iconography subject is closely associated with a Greek icon of the Hodigitria Mother of God; the two names are often interchangeable. The Greek word Hodigitria is a composite of two words: way and to lead, i.e. leading the way. According to one legend the icon was given this name after restoring sight to two blind men. Another legend relates that the icon was a talisman for the Greek emperors during their military campaigns. And the third legend states that originally the icon was in a church near a port where departing sailors used to pray before the icon asking the Mother of God to lead the way so they didn't get lost in the seas.
The Icon of the Vladimir Mother of God made its apparition in 1579. In old Russian chronicles hagiographies the apparition of an icon was the miraculous event by which an icon hitherto unknown becomes notable as a new source of the manifestation of grace. Circa 1880 very nice quality excellent work. Approximately 10" by 7"