Mother of God of Kazan

Region: Russia
Period: 19th century
Size: 11,5 x 10 cm


The representation of the Kazanskaya is of the type Hodegetria (“She who shows the Way”). However, the characteristic hand of the Mother of God pointing at the child cannot be seen. The reason for this can be found in the legend in which a peasant girl had a vision that an icon was lying on the place where a church had once been burned down. Most of the icon was still intact, only the lower part was lost, precisely the part with the hands of the Mother of God.