Azov Mother of God Russian Orthodox Icon. The Azov icon was painted to commemorate the 17th to 18th Century Russo-Turkish wars. The Mother of God appeared during a battle at the besieged Azov fortress and sent the Turkish army fleeing in fright. The double-headed eagle behind the Mother of God is an ancient Byzantine Christian symbol, adopted by Orthodox Russia, which represents the western and eastern halves of the Byzantine Christian Empire. Above to the left is Apostle Peter and to the right is John the Evangelist. Anthony, Theodosius and other Saints of the Kiev Caves are shown to the right and left of the Mother of God. Below the Mother of God is Saint George slaying a dragon, which here represents the Turkish enemy. The Azov Fortress is shown at the bottom of the icon.
#586 - M (3½" x 4" on ⅝" wood).
#905 - ML (5" x 6¼" on ¾" wood).
Icons manufactured by a Russian supplier using their proprietary process of applying successive layers of color and metallic-like patterns resulting in a brilliant, detailed, and nearly three dimensional appearance.
Icon inscriptions in Church Slavonic.