27 May 2012
MOUNT ATHOS, SECOND HALF
OF THE 18TH CENTURY .
7.5 by 9.5 cm.
The icon depicts roundels of the four warrior saints, George the Bringer of Victory, Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Theodore Tyro, and Theodore Stratelates along with two groups of selected Saints; in the upper left roundel are John Chrysostom, Gregory the Theologian and Basil the Great, with St Nicholas and two other Slavic Saints in the lower left roundel. In the smaller central roundels, the healing saints, Cosmas and Damian are amongst those depicted.
During the period of the Ottoman yoke in the 17th–18th centuries, Athos preserved its independence and was populated predominantly by Slavs (Serbs and Bulgars). It continued to be a mouthpiece for national liberation and depictions of the Holy Warriors George and Demetrius are often found on items produced by the master craftsmen of Athos. However, such a vividly expressed “manifesto” as the present lot, has not yet come to light in museum collections.
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