Icon painted in egg tempera on wood prepared with cloth and gesso. Subject: the Dormition of the Virgin. In the centre is a bier with the recumbent figure of the Virgin flanked by two angels, dressed as deacons, and holding candles in their right hands; a third angel, in the centre, holds an inscribed scroll above her; all three angels and the Virgin have elaborate foliate nimbi. Above the central angel are the twelve apostles depicted in clouds; above them, a further inscription. This icon departs from the usual Byzantine and post-Byzantine iconography of the Dormition (Koimesis) in which Christ stands behind the figure of Mary, receiving her soul in the form of an infant.
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