Period: 19th century
Size: 13 x 10.5 cm
A rare metal icon depicting the Annunciation, the message of the archangel Gabriel to Mary, the Mother of God. Casted in the second half of the 19th Century, in Russia, decorated with multicolored enamel. The angel Gabriel (his left wing still up) is greeting Mary, who sits in front of the Temple.
The Annunciation to the Mother of God is one of the twelve great feasts and is celebrated in the Orthodox Church on March 25. The iconography of the Annunciation is based on the stories from the Gospel of Luke and the proto gospel of James. The latter is a text from the middle of the 2nd century. It has not become part of the Bible but has nevertheless proved to be a source of inspiration for icons of the Mother of God. In the proto gospel of James, it is said that the announcement to Mary does not take place at her home, but in the temple of Jerusalem, Mary sits in front of the temple when Gabriel brings her the good news.
This icon is shown in a short film on YouTube (in Dutch):