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Icon of the Virgin of the Sign – Traditional Furniture

Icons were created to inspire and educate congregations with images from the Old Testament and the Gospels of the Bible. This 18th century Russian example, painted on a wooden panel, features the Virgin Mary, facing the viewer directly with her hands raised in prayer, with the Christ child depicted within a round aureole representing the womb. Known as the Virgin of the Sign, this image portrays the moment of the conception of Jesus, although he is depicted as a child with an adult face and a halo, symbolizing his divinity and role as the savior.

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