A FINE RUSSIAN ICON OF THE KING OF KINGS, MOSCOW, CIRCA 1800. In this Deisis variant, Christ depicted in ornate vestments and bejeweled crown, sits atop an elaborate golden throne. On the left the Mother of God and on the right, John the Forerunner also wearing a crown turns toward Christ in an attitude of prayer. Behind the throne are a gathering of saints and angels including the Archangel Mikhail and Gabriel, the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul, and St. John as well as Saints Nicholas, Zosimas, and Savattiy. Immediately above the head of Christ within an eight-pointed star (glory) is a dove (symbol for the Holy Spirit) and further up still, God the Father thereby representing in totality the Holy Trinity. The highly stylized and condensed title for this icon is inscribed on the upper margin in red and reads: "IMAGE OF THE KING OF KINGS, GOD OF GODS, LORD OF LORDS." The title is drawn from a mixture of Deuteronomy 10:17: "For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords..." and Revelation 19:16: "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." The overall high quality reflects the craftsmanship of icons produced in the best Moscow workshops very often by painters trained in villages in Palekh, Mstera or Kholuoi. 14 inches x 12.25 inches (35.5 x 31 cm).