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Sparkling in Amber
Sparkling in Amber


    Historically, icons covers (oklad) intially served to protect icons during travel.

    But even in early Byzantine times (e.g., 4th century), oklad covers became elaborated to enhance and focus attention on the icon painting underneath.

    Examples of such elaboration can be seen in many of the oklad cover icons offered by the Silver Icon. For example, one type of elaboration was in the representation of multiple Figures and Scenes in the oklad cover.

    Another such elaboration is reflected in the intricate Enamelling and Metalworking of the oklad covers.

    A final elaboration, the subject of this page, is the use of Glass Gems and Amber on some icons offered by The Silver Icon. Amber is found in the Baltic Sea in Northern Poland, and the crafting of items - from Royal Crowns to icons - has enjoyed the addition of amber.

    Amber, which is petrified tree sap, can be found in many color and clarity. But even the more "clear" amber may have internal structures that make it sparkle, as seen in the round amber button to the left.

    Sparkling on icons is also observed in oklad with diamonds and gems. Generally, this type of oklad is found in the more important Church icons as well as icons from the Tsars of Russia.

#A65A The Lichen Virgin
#A65A Version 1
The Lichen Virgin
11.5 x 13.5" 29x34cm
(Larger size)
Medium Red Velvet
Silver & Gold Body

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#S61 - Mother of God of Ivir
#S61 Ivir
9.3/4 x 11.3/4" 25x30cm
Silver Plated,
Reddish Amber

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