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Exhibited 19th C. Russian Icon - Saint George / Dragon

Russia, ca. 19th century CE. In this icon, delineated in egg tempera and gilt on wood, Saint George is shown atop a white steed plunging his lance into the dragon beneath him. The Princess Elisaba stands at the doorstep of a building. Framing the composition is an ornate silver basma featuring floral repousse decoration and twelve medallions inscribed in Cyrillic. Size: 17.75" W x 20.75" H (45.1 cm x 52.7 cm)

Saint George was born in Lydda in Palestine during the 3rd century. He became an officer in the Roman army in the guard of Emperor Diocletian, demonstrating impressive skill in battle and receiving high honor for his courage. When he learned that Diocletian was preparing to persecute Christians, George presented himself publicly before the emperor and denounced him. The legend of
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