Mother of God
"Reigning", Orthodox Christian gold and silver foiled icon
mounted on thick wood.
ICON HAS A HOOK ON THE BACK SIDE,
Size: 8 1/4" x 6 3/4"
Our Lady Derzhavnaya ("The Sovereign", "The Reigning Icon") is a Russian icon believed to date from the 18th century.
The icon was found, according to the report of the Metropolitan of Moscow Tikhon, on March 2 (15), 1917 in the basement of the Ascension Church of the monarch's village of Kolomenskoye (now within the boundaries of Moscow) .
The original icon is said to be in the Novodevichii Museum in Moscow, and there is a copy in the Church of the Kazan Mother of God in Kolomskoye.
The "Reigning" Icon, which belongs to the Panachranta type, shows the Theotokos seated on a throne with Her Son.
The celebration of the icon takes place on the day of its appearance - March 2 (15) .
The icon is the main shrine of the monarchists of Russia..