This is a miniature arch-shaped icon of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker with a rounded bottom and a hoop at the top. The image is based on an iconographic copy from the front of the 17-th century original in the Siya Pictorial Icon Painter’s Manual, along with the Palekh icons painted after the same model.
St. Nicholas is the most revered Christian saint. The roles he performs as the patron and protector of each separate person, as well as of the Church as a whole, are rivaled only by those of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is invoked when any of one’s everyday needs have to be met. In prayer, he is referred to as “protector of the faithful, wise teacher, one who feeds the hungry, gives joy to the weeping, clothes the naked, heals the sick, directs those sailing the seas, liberates prisoners, feeds and protects widows and orphans, guards the chaste, fortifies the elderly, mentors ascetics, offers rest to the laboring and abundant wealth to the poor and the needy.”
The veneration of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker has given rise to numerous legends and stories where he serves as the patron saint of spring, sows bread, casts out demons, blesses the people, guards their property, protects them from the devil and raises the dead. In particular, there are multiple legends about the healing properties possessed by the icon of St. Nicholas. It is hardly a surprise that the image of St. Nicholas is the most common on icon pendants, and is thought to protect one from various misfortunes and illnesses.
On the back of the icon there is an image of the Holy Cross in bloom and a brief inscription of the Savior’s name: І&С Х&С (“Jesus Christ”).
The memory of St. Nicholas is celebrated on 19 (6) December and 22 (9) of May.