2. The Fiery Ascent of Elijah the Prophet

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1914 y., Mstera school.
Wood, lewkas, tempera.
Size: 35,5x30,4x2,6 cm.

It is high quality school painting in good condition. It is hand-painted with egg tempera over leaf of gold. Bright colors. The icon has been cleaned from the soiling, dust and darkened olifa in our restoration center.

Russian Hagiographic Icon of St.Elijah. A raven fed Elijah, hiding in a cave from Ahab. An angel wakes him, and points to a jug of water and a baked cake, provided by God for his nourishment. In his ascent, the winged horses led by an angel, with the Ancient of Days leaning from the heavens to welcome Elijah. The prophet drops his cloak to his disciple Elisha, conveying a transmission of prophetic spirit, and Elisha uses the cloak to part the waters of the River Jordan. Elijah enjoyed a special cult in Northern Russia, where there was always a danger of fire. Elijah was believed to be a protector against lightning and storms. At center Elijah is depicted in the wilderness at the mouth of a cave and being fed by a Raven (I Kings 17:4-6). He is surrounded with other scenes from his life. At the top Elijah ascends to Heaven in a fiery chariot (2 Kings 2:11-13) dropping his mantle to his successor, Elijah. Elijah was important to the Russian peasantry because he was believed to control storms & lightning. Inscription in Cyrillic read: "The Fiery Ascent of Elijah the Prophet".

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Price: 2800 Euro

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