Could anyone help identify this icon?
Posted 22 September 2016 - 11:25 PM
This icon is quite difficult to interpret, given the size, obvious damage, and also the degree of clarity of the image. It is titled "Month of August" and below this "Week (3?)" - there is some damage here. It does not cover the whole month of August - the three Festivals of the Saviour, the Dormition of the Mother of God, and the Beheading of John the Forerunner are conspicuously missing.
The following saints (in order of daily commemoration) might be amongst some of those depicted:
Row 1 cell 1 August 17: Martyr Myron, Alipij the Iconographer of Kiev (extreme right - a monk appearing to hold an icon);
Row 1 cell 2 August 18: to the left - Martyrs Florus and Laurus;
Row 1 cell 3 August 19: to the left - Martyr Andrew Stratilates, Martyr Thecla.
Row 2 cell 1 August 20: Prophet Samuel;
Row 2 cell 2 August 21: Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy, Martyr Bassa of Edessa and her three small sons, Theogonios, Agapios and Pistos;
Row 2 cell 3 August 22: Agathonicus and other martyrs of Nicomedia, Martyr Anthusa, Ariadne the daughter of Emperor Leo.
Row 3 cell 1 August 23: Lupus the servant of Demetrios of Thessalonica, Hieromartyr Irenaeos of Lyons;
Row 3 cell 2 August 24: Evtychios the disciple of John the Theologian;
Row 3 cell 3 August 24: Uncovering of the relics of Metropolitan Peter of Kiev (the body seems to be that of a man and it appears to be accompanied by two deacons with censers and a priest. The Dormition of Saint Anna would be celebrated in July, normally, rather than August);
Row 3 cell 4 August 24 Martyr Kyra of Persia.
Not all of the saints can be identified (there are probably inscriptions above the figures but they are not legible) and, admittedly, the total number of days here adds up to eight rather than seven. It would be useful to compare this with other icons in the series. It could be that this is one of a large series of panels or leaves (perhaps fifty or so) covering the entire year, enabling a monastery to present for veneration an icon appropriate to every day of the year.
Posted 23 September 2016 - 12:21 AM
Sorry. Classic mistake. The 'old calendar' always celebrates those feasts on 25th July and 15th August - just like Nativity is on 25th December. The old calendar simply doesn't reach 25th July, 15th August and 25th December until the 'new calendar' has arrived at 7th August, 28th August, and 7th January respectively. Strangely, those who adhere to the 'old calendar' rarely seem to assert that the 'new calendar' celebrates Christmas on the 12th of December rather than the 25th.
I hardly think a nineteenth century or early twentieth century Russian icon (which this would seem to be) would be using the sort of dating you are claiming - the switch from 'old calendar' (still in use by the Church today) to the 'new calendar' in state use didn't occur until 1918, hence the October Revolution now being commemorated (when it is) in November!
However, this is beginning to detract from the original enquiry, unfortunately, so I will withdraw.
Edited by Brian Rowlands, 23 September 2016 - 12:21 AM.
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