Lot 1275
Russian School (19th Century), Oklad Icon of The Nativity of the Theotokos
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Tempera and gilt on gesso wooden panel, mounted with silver riza surround, the left side incuse stamped 84 zolotinki, with worn maker's mark and worn assayer mark dated 183[?].

14 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.

Some tears and later tacks to riza; some areas of later gilt touch ups to scenes

Traditionally rendered, at left Anna is depicted reclined in a bed with three attendants. Below Anna, the infant Mary is being bathed by midwives, similarly to how the Christ child was washed by Salome in the icon of His own birth. Mary’s father, Joachim, and Anna are shown enthroned at far left embracing Mary also shown apart from the scene in icons of the Theotokos’ birth. Above these scenes, scenes from before the life of Theotokos are depicted, including Anna and Joachim embracing and flanked by scenes of the angel visiting Joachim and Anna separately to tell them of the upcoming conception. Christ enthroned in clouds at apex in holy gesture.

Some denting to riza, with later tacks to side; riza possibly trimmed down from original size.