Beginning of 19th century, cast brass. Each leaf is divided into quadrants and surmounted with a raised, ogee-arch crest. Attached by piano hinges, leaves close over one another from both ends: The second leaf becomes the front of icon when closed and bears an elaborate cast in relief landscape with 3 bar cross, spear, sponge, topped off with an old Slavonic prayer:
Christ, we worship You and honor Your name. Each of the twenty reserves contains numerous figures, usually in landscape. Clockwise from left to right, the iconographic subjects are as follows: 1st leaf Crest: The crucifixion of Christ, The Annunciation, the Nativity, Entrance of the Mother of God into Temple, Birth of the Mother of God. 2nd Leaf Crest: The new Testament Trinity, Meeting in the Temple, Baptism of Jesus, Entrance in to Jerusalem, Transfiguration of Christ. 3rd Leaf Crest: Exaltation of the Cross with S.S. Constantine and Helen, The Resurrection, The Ascension, Dormition of the Mother of God. The Old Testament Trinity. 4th Leaf Crest: The praise of the Mother of God, The Tikhvin Mother of God with S.S. Alexander and Cyril, The Vladimir Mother of God with S.S. Maxim and Basil, Mother of God of the Sign and S.S. Anthony and Leonty, Smolensk Mother of God with S.S. Anthony and Theodosius. Very good detail, and nice overall patinia.
6 ½” x 15 ¼” (16,5 x 39 cm)