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A rare Russian icon of Christ Emmanuel, the Unsleeping Eye (Nedremanoe oko), 16th century
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SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND OF A CALIFORNIA MUSEUM

A rare Russian icon of Christ Emmanuel, the Unsleeping Eye (Nedremanoe oko), 16th century
Estimate
20,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A rare Russian icon of Christ Emmanuel, the Unsleeping Eye (Nedremanoe oko), 16th century
in a field of flowering plants an outsized figure of Christ Emmanuel shown reclining at center, flanked by the Mother of God and the Archangel Michael, who holds a cross, a spear, and a sponge-tipped lance, all symbols of Christ's Passion, the Holy Spirit represented as a dove descending from a blue orb 
12 1/4 x 9 1/2 in., 31.1 x 24.1 cm
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Literature

Windows to Heaven: The Icons of Russia, Santa Barbara, 1982, no. 6, p. 34.
Sacred Images and the Millennium: Christianity and Russia, Eugene, 1988, no. 9, p. 6.

Catalogue Note

The iconography is believed to have first appeared in Moscow at the end of the 15th century. Scholars have traced its origins to the Infancy Gospel of the Pseudo-Matthew in which the Angel of God leads the Holy Family to rest under a tree in an oasis. Mary discovers that the child sleeps soundly with open eyes, just as David had declared in the Psalms (121:4): "Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep."

Collections: Silver, Vertu, and Russian Works of Art

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New York