Feb 28, 2007

Portable Triptych Icon: The Crucifixion

Portable Triptych Icon: The Crucifixion


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Painted wood panel within enameled brass frame

Unframed: 6.5 x 6.2 x 0.7 cm (2 9/16 x 2 7/16 x 1/4 in.); Closed: 7.3 x 6.9 x 3.4 cm (2 7/8 x 2 11/16 x 1 5/16 in.); Open and extended: 7 x 19.1 cm (2 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Harry F. Stratton 1961.35.b



This triptych icon was probably commissioned by a lay person for private prayer and meditation. It could be folded and shut when not in use. The scenes represented from left to right are: The Crucifixion (left); The Resurrection and Anastasis (center); and Adoration of the Miracle-Working Icon of the Vladimir Mother of God (right). Small portable icons such as this were common to later Russian religious practice.

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