Description According to its inscription, this enamel icon was donated to Sion Cathedral in Tbilisi by the Georgian princess Khvaramse, niece of King George XI of Kartli (r. 1703-1709), in honor of her daughter Thamar who was buried there. It was originally worn around the neck as a token of piety. The inside has a receptacle for holding a relic, probably a piece from the True Cross.
- Russian Art: Icons and Decorative Arts from the Origin to the Twentieth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1959-1960.
Provenance Private collection, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] ქ: ჩვენ: შატონის: შვილმა: ხვირამზემა: მოვაჭედინეთ: / ხატი: ესე: და: შემ[ო]გწმრე თფილისის: სიონთა: / ღის: მშომელს: ვითაცა: ჩვენი: სასურველი: შვილი: თამარ: / თქვენ: ტაძარში ემარხა: მისის: სულის: სახსრად ცოდვა / ათა: (sic) ჩვენთა: შესანდოძლად: შეიწირე: შეიწირე: შენ: ყვ/ოლად: (sic) სანაცრელო: ქალწულო: ქ(ორონი)კ(ონ)ს: ტჟჰ [Translation] I, the Princess Khvaramse, commissioned this icon and presented it to the Tbilisi Sion Cathedral of the Mother of God, where my daughter Tamar is buried, for the repose of her soul and forgiveness of my sins, O most beloved Virgin. Year 398 of the Georgian era [AD 1710].
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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