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Sunday, April 28, 2013

{Our Russian Icon - The Mother of God of Smolensk }

Not only do we love East European music but also its very rich culture in general. So it just came naturally that Pieter did purchase this rare and beautiful 17th Century Russian Icon - The Mother of God of Smolensk.
Here she is; very old, directly painted onto wood in a beautiful manner.
The symbolics
A closeup
Our Religious corner in our living room (minus the bottles of course!)...

CHRISTIE'S auction of course is about a very ancient 16th Century Icon of The Mother of God of Smolensk but it does give some interesting insight.
We do have the Dutch book: De wereld der Ikonen, Historisch, theologisch en esthetisch belicht
The world of Icons, Historical, theological and aesthetic highlighted
 Author is Dr. W. Theunissen
Inscribed:
Ikonen halen de hemel neerwaarts en trekken
de aarde omhoog. Zij zijn als vensters op de Eeuwigheid.
W. Theunissen
Translated:
Icons get the heaven downwards and pull up the earth.
They are like windows to the Eternity.
W. Theunissen

Related link:
{Our Living Room} | previous post by me where you can see the smaller bird cage
Christie's Listing of Icons | Icons and Artefacts from the Orthodox World - 26 November 2007
Christie's Listing of Icons | Icons and Artefacts from the Orthodox World - 11 June 2007

14 comments:

  1. This is a very precious piece of art! So beautiful!

    I could not help but noticing the bottles, haha. Is it by any chance plum wine on the right?

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      YES, it is a gift from Japan and it is Umeshu...
      You really rock for identifying this from my photo! Wish we could share it with you.
      Hugs and happy weekend!
      Mariette

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    2. That is the favorite drink of mine! It's very sweet and fruity.
      I hope you like it too :-)

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  2. Beautiful Russian icon Mariette! I also have a small one from my Mil and I love it. Ours is hanging at the top of our kitchen door, so when you come in you can see it. Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far. Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  3. Wow Mariette, this is so precious and just gorgeous ;)

    Smiles~
    Mari

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  4. Liebe Mariette,

    UNBESCHREIBLICH AUSDRUCKSVOLL!

    Sonnige Grüße

    Elisabeth

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  5. Liebe Mariette,
    es ist eine eindrucksvolle Darstellung von der Mutter Gottes mit dem Kind. Der persönliche Wert wird den Kaufpreis sicher bei weitem übersteigen.
    Liebe Grüße, Johanna

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  6. Liebe Mariette,
    mir gefallen Ikonen sehr - sie sind so wunderschön - wir haben auch
    eine kleine Ikone - die Darstellung der Mutter Gottes mit Jesus bewegt uns
    Mütter immer im Herzen -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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  7. Mariette, ich beneide dich um diese wundervolle Ikone. Mich faszinieren diese ausdrucksvollen
    Motive.
    Einen guten Start in die neue Woche wünscht
    Irmi

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  8. Dearest Mariette ...your icon is most beautiful. Wishing you a happy and blessed week..xo C. (HHL)

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  9. Lieve Mariette,

    Fantastisch om zo'n prachtig kostbaar kunstwerk in huis te hebben,ben er maar heel erg zuinig op.

    Ik hoop over enkele weken weer wat Grieks-Orthodoxe kerken en kloosters binnen te gaan en dat zal zeker lukken want het Byzantijnse Rijk heeft er duizenden nagelaten op Kreta.Bijna ieder dorp heeft een kerk met mooie iconostases,ik citeer:
    Iconenwand die in de orthodoxe kerken het heiligdom (de altaarruimte) afscheidt van de ruimte voor de gelovigen.
    Ze is het symbool van het onderscheid tussen de hemelse en de nog niet voltooide aardse werkelijkheid, die evenwel in de liturgie elkaar raken. De nadruk ligt daarom op de mogelijkheid van de ontmoeting en niet op de scheiding. Daarom blijven de deuren van de iconostase in de paastijd, de tijd van de verlossing wijd geopend. De iconostase is in de loop der eeuwen uitgegroeid tot een soms massieve wand met iconen die in verschillende rijen geordend zijn volgens een vast patroon, wat per regio kan verschillen. De iconenwand beeldt op deze manier de heilsgeschiedenis uit en is tevens een cateche voor het volk.

    Sommige van deze kerken zullen gesloten zijn,maar met een beetje moeite is de sleutel op te sporen en kan de kerk in alle rust bezocht worden. Een grote kans om de sleutel te vinden is een vragenrondje in het kafeníon van het dorp.
    Het gaat er nog allemaal wat gemoedelijker aan toe,je moet vooral geen haast hebben....siga,siga...neem plaats op een van de Griekse wiebelstoeltjes en drink een ijskoude frappé of vers geperst sapje....en tegen de tijd dat het stoeltje echt niet makkelijk meer zit komt er een brommertje aangeknetterd met vriendelijke besnorde persoon mét sleutel van de kerk.

    Liefs,Ger



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  10. Dear Marriette,what a beautiful Russian icon!!!I have two icons from my trip in Moscow!Thank you for sharing!Have a wonderful week!
    Dimi..

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  11. Dearest Mariette, You Russian icon is lovely. It does look very much like the one sold at auction. Just lovely.
    Love to you, Ginger

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