An icon of St Barbara, in a silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel oklad, Moscow, 1899-1908
the borders repoussé and chased with scrolling foliage, the raised halo and crown enamelled in opaque shades of blue
and translucent red, with corresponding motifs in the corners, struck I.T. in Cyrillic, possibly for Ivan Tarabrov, 84
31 by 26cm, 12¼ by 10¼in.
The visible areas of the painting with some damage to the varnish to the lower side of the face.
The icon has not been inspected out of oklad and associated frame.
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Saint Barbara from Heliopolis of Phoenicia, also known as Great Martyr Barbara and one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, is venerated in both Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican Church. A daughter of a rich idolater Dioscorus, who refused to accept Barbara’s Christian faith, she was subjected to torture and beheading. As a punishment for his cruelty, Dioscorus was struck by lightning, which has been associated with the Saint ever since: she is a patron of artillery and mining, is invoked against thunder and lightning, and her blessing is known to protect from sudden and violent death. Saint Barbara is often depicted with a chalice which symbolizes the Last Rites and Barbara’s prayers for all those who commemorate her and her sufferings.