Lot 728

King Solomon
icon 60 x 52.5 cm.
Russia, 17th century.

Egg tempera on wood. The king of the Israelite twelve-tribed kingdom of Solomon (965-920 BC) in half figure turned to the left with scroll. He had a magnificent temple built, which even the Queen of Sheba admired. There he offered burnt offerings on God's command. The temple was destroyed in 587 BC by the troops of Nebuchadnezzar. On icons this wisest of men (1. Kings 5,11) is always depicted youthfully without beard. Unlike his father, Solomon is a prophet king and is therefore always depicted with a scroll and with a crowned head. It can be assumed that the icon once hung in a church to the right of Our Lady and opposite an icon with King David. (1241475) (13)