- Museum number
- Object: Saints Zosima and Savvati
Icon; painted; the two saints are dressed as monks and hold between them the model of a church which they show to the viewer; in their other hands they hold inscribed scrolls. They are depicted against a landscape with a dark blue-green sky and monastery walls. Above them is Christ in Glory. The icon, apart from the saints' faces and hands, is covered with an 'oklad'.
Inscriptions: in Russian above the figures: ПРЕПОДОБНЫЙ ЧУДОТВОРЕЦ ЗОСИМА (Venerable Miracle-Maker Zosima); ПРЕПОДОБНЫЙ ЧУДОТВОРЕЦ САВВАТИЙ (Venerable Miracle-Maker Savvatii); in Greek on either side of Christ's halo: ΙC ΧC (Jesus Christ); in Christ's halo [O W]H (He Who Is); the lettering on the scrolls is unreadable.
Egg tempera, gesso on wood, metal revetment.
- Production date
Height: 31 centimetres
Thickness: 3 centimetres
Width: 26.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The monk saints Zosima (d. 1478) and Savvati (d.1435) were the founders of the famous Solovetski monastery on an island in the White Sea. Savvati together with another monk, German (d. 1479), was the first to settle the uninhabited island in 1428. Zosima arrived after Savvati’s death in 1435, when he began the construction of a church and monastery to which he moved Savvati’s body. Zosima subsequently became the first abbot of the monastery. The relics of both saints were interred in the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, the monastery’s main church, in 1566. They are amongst the most venerated saints in northern Russia.
The Museum’s icon follows the traditional iconography which became widespread in northern Russia in the 17th century.
Cormack 2007, 128, no. 63
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 6 Oct-19 Feb, London, The British Museum, Grayson Perry, Tomb of an Unknown Craftsman
- Made from a single panel; there are areas of missing gesso in the lower left part of the icon and along the edges; nail holes around the figures of the saints; the surface is covered with an uneven darkened varnish.
- 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 64 (Icon Collection number)