Late 16th the beginning of 17th...
Late 16th the beginning of 17th century, North Italy. In late 18th century icon was converted into Russian icon, Cyrillic writing was added on the book. A carved icon is in shadowbox. Very rare type of icon. Size: 25.5 x 29 cm (10 x 11 ½ in).
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The BLAGOVYESHCHENIE (Annunciation of Good News) depicts the Archangel Gabriel announcing the coming birth of Christ to Mary. Gabriel stands before Mary and holding white lily in his hand. This is one of the twelve great festivals, and take place on March 25 (April 7 Western calendar)