- Museum number
- Object: The Mother of God Tikhvinskaya
Icon; painted; the Mother of God, wearing a 'maphorion' and mantle with Bethlehem stars, is depicted as a half-length figure turned to the right and supporting the infant Christ in her left arm and raising her right in blessing. Christ holds a scroll in his left hand and raises his right in a gesture of benediction. His right foot is tucked under his left leg, the bare sole exposed. The 'oklad' is embossed with a pattern composed of running trefoil scrolls.
Inscriptions: in obscured Greek on either side of the Virgin: MΡ ΘΥ (Mother of God); above Christ: ΙC ΧC (Jesus Christ); on the revetment: by the Virgin's right shoulder in Russian: THХВІНСКІА (Tikhvinskaya); above the Virgin in Greek: MP ΘY; above Christ: ΙC ΧC; in Christ's halo: O WN (He Who Is).
Egg tempera and gesso on wood, gilded brass revetment. Openwork.
- Production date
Height: 36.40 centimetres
Thickness: 2.50 centimetres
Width: 31.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the iconography see cat. no. 60.
Cormack 2007, 123, no. 42
- Not on display
- Made from a single panel with shallow ‘kovcheg’; two inserted battens on the reverse; there are later, rather coarse insertions of gesso on the upper, lower and right borders as well as scattered losses of paint and gilding on Christ’s garment; the inscriptions and haloes have almost completely disappeared. Executed in the style of the 16th century.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See 1998,0605.1 Most of the items catalogued under 1998,0605 were acquired by Sir Frank Roberts’ wife, Cella.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: IC 42 (Icon Collection number)