Deisis Traveling Icon
Ca. 1790
15.75" x 5.75"
Icons, brass and enamel
Region: Russia
Portable travel icons arose out of the need of the faithful to have the consolation of the holy image with them during trips, which in earlier times-and often even today--presented danger for body and soul. There is evidence in the icons preserved at Mount Sinai that travel icons existed in the sixth and seventh centuries, but they likely existed even earlier. This three panel travel icon show the three "Deesis:" the Savior the almighty blessing with his right hand and an open Book of Gospels in his left hand; the Virgin on the left, and St. John the Baptist on the right.