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METAL ICONS - RUSSIA
the the 'Old Believers' and 'Traveling Icons'

PERPETUAL HELP
METAL ICON: Theotokos
'loving compassion'
3 X 3.5 in
THEOTOKOS
METAL ICON: Travelers Icon
'the intercessor'
2 x 2.5 in
ST NICHOLAS
METAL ICON: St Nicholas
'the wonder worker'
2 x 2 in.
WHO ARE 
THE 'OLD BELIEVERS'?
THE 'OLD BELIEVERS':  In 1723, Peter the Great forbid the casting of metal icons and they were banned in the process of ‘renewing the church’ during that period. Many believers chose not to recognize these changes and took on the metal Icons as their symbol for this reason. They are known as the 'Old Believers' to this day.
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TRAVELERS ICONS
Our small collection of travelers icons will give you an idea of this piece of history on 'Travelers Icons' and the 'The Old Believers' who are still practicing the old ways today.
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Icons tell the visual story to the faithful and help the faithful to meditate. Small metal Icons have a 1000 year old history and were often called 'Traveler's Icons’ as the devoted, soldiers and others, could take them into battle or on their travels for protection. Traditionally made of bronze / brass, were wearable and small (2 x 2.5 in) The soft brass originals submitted to the constant wear of devoted fingers, recording the history of heavy prayer on these sacramentals.

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~ PERPETUAL HELP ~
  MOTHER of GOD 
MP' - 'OY': on either side of Mary's head are standard icon designators that point out or symbolize she is THEOTOKOS (Mother of God). .We were told that this image, also known as 'Our Lady of Perpetual Help, shows the little Child Jesus,who is frightened by the sudden appearance of the angles, rushes into his mother's arms. In the process, loses his sandal. She points to him, he looks up at the angles overhead. Note the MP-OY which shows Mary as Theotokos (Mother of God).
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ICON: Notre-Dame Du Perpetuel Secours, for larger image, click icon
for larger image, click icon




~ FOLDING ICONS ~
TRIPTYCH / FOLDING ICONS 
  TRIPTYCH: (Skladen) 3 panel folding Icons were very popular during the 17 -18c. Note the hinge rings top and bottom pf either side that would have held a door on the left and one on the right. By tradition there would be an image of Christ on a separate panel (inner door) to her left as she faces and points in that direction.
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~ THEOTOKOS ~

 AGIOSORTISSA 

  THEOTOKOS:  (Mother of God), 'Agiosortissa' (intercessor). The center panel of this rare icon is of a full figure of Our Lady surrounded by  people at her feet.. Her left hand openly pointing to Christ (missing panel) and right holding a staff.  We understand only two full figures of Mary exist in ancient Icon Art and this is one of them. This type of Icon is called 'Agiosortissa' (intercessor). Similar icons are called ‘Theotokos - Joy and Sorrow' or 'Virgin of Joy for Those Who Mourn' or 'All Who are Afflicted.'
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VERNICLE / HOLY FACE

VERNICLE
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VERNICLE: The top square has a worn face, the image of the Holy Face of Jesus. Note the 'A' - 'O' (Alpha / Omega, First / Last, Beginning / End). Vernicle relates to the veil of Veronica, often called the original icon. There is a chain ring behind it for wearing as a pectoral. 
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TRAVELERS ICON: 'Intercessor'
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THEOTOKOS
MP - OY: Theotokos (Mother of God)
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'MP' - 'OY': on either side of Mary's head are standard icon designators that point out or symbolize she is THEOTOKOS (Mother of God). .

 

~ KAZAN VIRGIN ~

  2.75 by 4.25 inches
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BACK OF TRIPTYCH (OPEN)
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SYMBOLIZING EITHER
12 APOSTLES OR SPECIFIC SAINTS
This triptych is similar in size as the one we show on the Old Believers site, only it has the two sides still in tact. Opens to:  . (Kazan Virgin not sure if figures symbolize specific saints or the 12 apostles)



~  PECTORALS ~

~ ST NICHOLAS ~

PATRON SAINT FO CHILDREN
Patron saint of children, sailors, fishermen, the falsely accused, pawnbrokers, thieves, and many cities. Bishop of Myra, Defender of Orthodoxy, Wonder worker, Holy Hierarch  Born c. 270, Patara, Lycia  Died 6 December 343, Myra, Lycia.
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METAL ICON: St Nicholas the 'Wonder Worker'
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THE 'WONDER WORKER' 
(Turkey): (Bishop of Myra) beloved to this day as a modern day 'Santa Claus' or 'Father Christmas', protector of children and those falsely accused. He is a real person, children! His feast day is December 6th. He has been admired over the centuries for his kindness and humanitarian ways. (Myra is now known as Demre). He also known as 'The Wonder Worker'
 
 

THE 'OLD BELIEVERS'
       THE 'OLD BELIEVERS':  In 1723, Peter the Great forbids the casting of metal icons and they were banned in the process of ‘renewing the church’ during that period. Many believers chose not to recognize these changes and took on the metal Icons as their symbol for this reason. They are known as the 'Old Believers' to this day. They follow the earlier teachings of the church. They also became collectors of these fine old metal icons so they would not be lost. For more information go to Google using some of the key words above. Also looking for more information on this prayer counter, called a Lestovka, or ladder' and its relationship to the Maniple? Anyone?
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LESTOVKA (ladder)


OUR LADY OF

~ ICON of  OUR LADY ~

PERPETUAL HELP

Here is another icon of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help, showing the frightened child, Jesus in his mother's arms. His shoe shows clearly in this image. It is a little harder to see in the metal icon above.
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NOTRE - DAME DU PERPETUEL SECOURS

ICON: clearer image of Our Lady holding her son, Jesus. Note his sandal!
 (from an antique prayer card)


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