Paraskeva Pyatnitsa

Iconography:  Parasceva of Iconium (Pyatnitsa), the Great Martyress

Date: XVII century. Mid-17th c.

Iconographic school/art center:  Moscow (?)

Origin: From the Trinity Convent in Murom.

Material: Wood, tempera

Dimensions:  height 32 cm, width 28 cm

Saint Paraskeva is shown full-length, in a red cloak, a white sudarium and a dark-blue chiton with golden assist. She is holding a cross in her raised right hand and an unfolded scroll in her right reading the first words of the Symbol of Faith: “Верую во еди //наго Б (о) га Отца // Вседержите//ля творца // не (е)бу и земли // видимым // же всемъ //и невиди // мым и во // единаго”. Above Paraskeva are hovering angels obviously crowning her with the crown of martyrdom (the pictorial image is covered with an engraved crown). In the upper border is an image of the Savior Not Made by Hands with two angels holding a headscarf. The icon is covered with a gilded silver basma with a small pattern. In the center are flowers painted in rhombs with vegetable ornamentation in the margins. On either side of the saint’s figure are silver plates with inscriptions; the gilded crowns and a crescent collar and a small carved pattern. 

Deposited in the Museum in 1930 under special reference number 63. 

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