Vintage Lacquer ware WOODEN EGG with Russian / Ukrainian / Polish Eastern ORTHODOX iconography.
The MADONNA and Baby Jesus are on one side and Saint NICHOLAS the Wonderworker is on the other. The sides and top have lacquerware geometric designs typical of Polish Pisanki or Ukrainian Pysanka Easter eggs which we did not find on other religious eggs. The base is affixed to the egg.
- Mark: Unsigned
- Measurements (WxH): 2.5 x 3.75 inches
- Condition: See photos and use zoom to fully evaluate condition. Lacquer has some pops and crazing. The egg is affixed to the base a little lopsided.
The Madonna and Christ child is a variation of the Theotokos Mother of God icon, and most closely resembles Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The enthroned queen aspect of the Virgin Mary holds Jesus on her left side. Both are wearing crowns and looking left. Mary's right hand is holding Jesus or giving a blessing.
Throughout the Christian churches, it is difficult to think of a Saint as well-loved as St Nicholas the Wonder-Worker, honoured on Dec 6th and every Thursday of the week. A fourth-century Bishop of Myra famous for defending Orthodoxy against heresy during the First Ecumenical Council, there are also numerous miracles associated with his life. In iconography, St Nicholas is depicted as a bishop, holding the gospels in his left hand and offering a blessing with his right hand.