Mother of God Axion Estin (Dostóino yest'), Mount Athos, 19th century

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Inscribed in Church Slavonic: 'Before this miraculous icon St. Archangel Gabriel sang: It is truly meet and etc. [The original] is on the Holy Mount Athos in the Protat Church, [this version] conveying a blessing to the Alekseevskaya Arzamas Women's Monastery. August 31, 1853' and with a label from the Museum of the City [of St Petersburg] on the reverse.
17.5 by 22.5cm, 7 by 8 7/8 in.