Saint Alexander Nevsky with battle and life scenes. Russian Orthodox Icon. This icon portrays Saint Alexander Nevsky, Prince of Novgorod, and his victory over the Swedes at the Battle of the Neva River on July 15, 1240. At dawn, before the battle began, one of Alexander's soldiers saw a vision of the 11th Century Martyrs Boris and Gleb in a boat on the Neva blessing Alexander's army (see the upper left corner of this icon). Prince Alexander began to be called Nevsky because of this successful battle on the Neva River. Prince Alexander Nevsky negotiated a peace treaty with the Golden Hoard, which was a constant threat from the southeast, in order to focus all his military attention on his enemies to the west, especially the Swedish, Finnish, Danish, and Teutonic armies. After a fourth visit to the Golden Hoard, Alexander fell sick and received the monastic tonsure and schema (shown in the bottom right corner of this icon) on November 14, 1263, and then died. A few days later during his funeral the reposed Alexander was presented with the traditional spiritual document of absolution by Metropolitan Cyril. As the Metropolitan reached into the coffin to place the document into Alexander's hand, Prince Alexander's hand miraculously reached up and took the document. This miracle is represented in the bottom right corner of this icon.
#A942 - ML (5" x 6¼" on ¾" wood).
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Icon inscriptions in Church Slavonic.