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A VERY FINE AND RARE CARVED BOXWOOD PANAGIA “THE ROOT OF JESSE”, MOUNT ATHOS, PROBABLY 19TH CENTURY. Carved in miniature high relief, at center the Mother of God among angels and in the place where the Christ Child would normally be, is depicted a standing youthful Christ as a winged seraph (notice his feet projecting at the bottom and he is adorned with the cross-form halo). The borders are carved with figures in the ancestry of Jesus at left, and prophets who foretold him at right and all are carved amidst branches and leaves. The reclining figure at the bottom central section is Jesse, the father of King David and ancestor of Jesus, carved with the trunk of the "tree" coming out of him. The verso carved at center with a full length image of St. Nicholas identified by the incised Greek inscription. Likely once part of a two part hinged panagia or perhaps once held in a decorative metal frame. Diameter 2.6 inches (6.6 cm).
$400 - 700
€ 360 - 630
Price Realized: $1,000.00
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