A VERY RARE ICON SHOWING THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND JOSHUA, SON OF NUN Russian, Palekh, 19th century Tempera on wood panel with double kovcheg. Executed with gold details. St. Michael is shown an angel with sword drawn, standing before a kneeling man in armor and helmet. Two selected saints on the borders: Andrey and Athanasios. Minor areas of retouching. 31 x 26.8 cm. VERY RARE ICON WITH THE ARCHID MICHAEL AND THE SACRED HEAD JOSUA Russia, Palekh, 19th century Composite of two boards with two back sponki (one lost). Double kovcheg, egg tempera on chalk ground, partial gilding. 31 x 26.8 cm. Joshua comes from the Israelite tribe of Ephraim. For the first time Joshua appears in Ex 17,9 EU on behalf of Moses as a military leader in the battle of the Israelites against Amalek. Joshua, as leader of the tribe of Ephraim, together with Caleb, the son of Jephunneh from the tribe of Judah, is one of the scouts of the twelve tribes who are to prepare the conquest of the land. The spies find a giant tribe and bring it back to camp with them. Joshua and Caleb want to move forward with the conquest, while the leaders of the other tribes dither and do not want to participate in the conquest. In a theophany in Josh 5:13 EU, Joshua encounters a man with a sword in Gilgal, a messenger of God, it turns out. This description sets up this icon figuratively. Two marginal saints: Andrei and Athanasios. Punctual attunements.