Red papier mache icon box by Palekh artist Belousova with Certificate of Authenticity. In Russia the icon of Our Lady of the Sign is called "Znamenskaya". The icon shows Mary, the Mother of God with her arms outstretched in an attitude of prayer. This position of prayer is called Orans and the image of the Mother of God in this position is sometimes called the "Oranta" In her breast is a circular medallion with the Christ child blessing the world.
The icon originated in Byzantium and was considered a talisman of the Imperial throne there and in Russia. Condition: Excellent, like new, no wear of any kind, from smoke-free environment. The item "Palekh Russian Red Lacquer Icon Box Virgin of the Sign with COA" is in sale since Sunday, August 20, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Russian".The seller is "jewelbox831" and is located in Capitola, California. This item can be shipped to United States.