The prophet Elijah, identified by a Slavonic inscription, sits in a stark setting of pink and brown rock with a large black cave at the centre. The River Jordan, a dark torrent of water, flows at his feet. He looks up towards the right to the small crow approaching with nourishment. The composition is rendered in bold geometric forms (for example, the fractured rocks) and a muted limited palette characteristic of Novgorod painting. The icon has a later copper revetment (riza) decorated with enamel and coloured glass pastes.
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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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