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A LARGE AND VERY FINE MELKITE ICON SHOWING THE PROPHET ELIJAH AND HIS FIERY ASCENT TO HEAVEN Aleppo, Neemeh Al-Mussawir (attributed), circa 1700 Aleppo, Neemeh Al-Mussawir (attributed), circa 1700 Single panel with two nailed-on back sponki. Applied border, egg tempera tempera on wood panel. Executed on a gold ground. The haloes ornately punched and set with a metal crown. The Prophet in a chariot dragged by a winged horse, in a fiery glory ascends on to heaven, while handing over his blue mantle to his disciple, the latter standing on a rocky landscape. The upper and lower border inscribed in Arabic. Minor losses to the borders. 66.4 x 43.5 cm. LARGE FORMAT MELKITIC ICON WITH THE PROPHET ELIAS AND HIS PIERCIOUS DESTINY Aleppo, Neemeh Al-Mussawir (attributed), c. 1700 Single panel with two nailed-on reverse sponki. Appliquéd border, egg tempera on chalk ground over canvas, gold ground, punched nimbus, appliquéd metal crown. 66.4 x 43.5 cm. Arabic inscriptions on the upper and lower border. Minimal loss of substance in the marginal area.

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