icon, saint george and the dragon, - Wood - 19th century
rare Russian icon of Saint George "the victorious" slaying the dragon, symbol of evil. by piercing him with the spear he saves Princess Elizabeth and the city from its dangers. in a mandorla of light the Christ blesses the scene. Egg tempera on wood, silver leaf background worked in the Venetian style. Untouched patina, enamel. iconography of Byzantine origins. imperial russia mid 19th century.