SOLD Antique Greek Orthodox Icon of St. Demetrios of Tessalonica

R99

Authentic antique, 19th century, Greek Orthodox Icon of St. Demetrios of Tessalonica, the Great Martyr and Wonder - worker. The Icon is traditionally painted in polychrome on a rectangular wooden panel depicting the saint on horseback, wearing elaborate armour of Byzantine type, holding a sword in his right hand and slaying the king of the infidels who lies on the ground below his charger grasping a broken spear.

Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki was a soldier who lived in the early 4th century. He was the son of a high ranking soldier in the Greek army. As a young man he refused to convert to Paganism and he is known for the miracles he performed on the battlefield, saving Greece from the Bulgarian King Kalojan.

CONDITION: The paint of the horse is worn-out, however the original paint is still evident, while the saint appears graceful and well visible.

DIMENSIONS: 33 cm x 23.8 cm (13 in x 9 3/8 in).