The Pokrov and Eight Chosen Saints

North Russia, 16th century

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Painted in sombre colours, the Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God surrounded by saints shown half-length including the Archangel Gabriel, an unidentified saint, Saints Philip Metropolitan of Moscow, Zosima and Savatii, Nikita, Nicolas and Paraskeva Piatnitsa, on partially gilt ground, surrounded by a repoussé, chased and a 17th-century engraved gilt-metal oklad