0408 Archangel Michael
Russian from the Yaroslav region
The words that are written across the top and sides of the icon are believed to be an abreviated text of Revelation XII.vii-xii.
In the icon Michael has the features described in St John's apolyptic vision. His right arm is lifted to Heaven; in it a closed book. His other hand holds a golden censor. A rainbow surrounds his head; his face reflects the sun; his stirrup is a cloud. He blows his trumpet as signal for earth's destruction.
Archangel Michael spears a red grotesque two-headed winged devil with three human feet and a paw . All around is chaos.
But in the top right corner is proclaimed the ultimate victory of Good. The Saviour is represented in a chalice, in a medallion which is itslf supported by the Hand of God.
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