The pendant is shaped as an icon-case with straight lower angles, round upper angles and a keel-shaped arch at the top.
The front side depicts St. George slaying a dragon, recreating the scene as it was pictured on the famous Novgorodian icon of XV century. Out of many miracles performed by St. George after his martyrdom for Christ, the slaying of the huge dragon, a spawn of the devil, is the best known and has became a symbol of the victory of Christianity over paganism, of good over evil. No wonder most icons of St. George carry this particular image. In fine plastic art, this image becomes even more significant as it has the power to protect from evil.
Holy Great Martyr George is one of the most venerated saints in all Christian nations. Even Muslims tell legends and sing hymns about St. George.
George was born into a noble Cappadocia family and at the age of 20 already occupied a high-ranking position in the military. When Diocletian started persecuting Christian soldiers, George presented himself publicly before the Emperor and denounced him. For that he was subjected to various tortures and after eight days decapitated on 23 April (6 May) 303 according to the ancient calendars.
The body of the great martyr was buried in Lydda, Palestine. Later, most probably in the 8th century, relics of St. George were divided and most of them were taken to other cities. Nowadays parts of St. George’s relics are present, among other places, in Lydda, Rome, Jerusalem, Cairo, in the monasteries on Mount Athos, the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, in Moscow’s Church of the Resurrection and Church of Martyr St. George on Poklonnaya Hill.
St. George the Victorious is a loyal helper of soldiers, sailors, merchants, town dwellers and farmers irrespective of their religion or prayers. The nature of his assistance is witnessed by many miracles performed by St. George and is well reflected in the words of the troparion to St. George: “As deliverer of captives and defender of the poor, healer of the infirm, champion of kings; Victorious Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ our God for our souls’ salvation.”
Framed in the woven ornament topped with the Calvary Cross, the words of the above troparion are written in Church Slavonic on the back of the pendant: Побэдоно11сче великом§нче геw1ргіе, моли2 хrтA бGа сп7стисz душа1мъ на1шымъ .