Right side of the triptych virgin mary of vladimir. Large sized, 20.28" x 7.7" x 0.7 (51,5 x 19,5 x 1,8 cm) hand painted icon, with one of a kind style gold plated embossing. The icon is oil painting on primed larch, the embossment is 0.28" - 0.31" high, the material is gilded gypsum epoxy resin, base is gold leaf. The original was made by the dionysian workshop in the early 1500s and can be seen today in the tretyakov gallery in moscow. Saint michael has four distinct roles.
First, he is the enemy of satan and the fallen angels. He defeated satan and ejected him from paradise and will achieve victory at the hour of the final battle with satan. Secondly, he is the christian angel of death: at the hour of death, saint michael descends and gives each person the chance to redeem oneself before passing. Saint michael's third role is weighing peoples' merits on judgment day.And finally, saint michael is the guardian of the church. He is the patron saint of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police officers, and military personnel.