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Artifacts; Original Drawings, Paintings, Icons, Calligraphy;
There is a gouge in the back of the panel, exposing the natural wood. This object was both dry and damp cleaned according to directions from a conservation expert when it was received at Clemens Library.
This original work is a painting on a solid wood panel that depicts a full-length, seated figure representing the prophet Elijah outside a rocky mountainside cave. The figure is identified with an inscription in Greek at the top of the picture plane: “Ό ΠΡΟΦΗΤΗς ΗλΙαΟ”.
The panel has a wide, carved border that has been gilded and rubbed to look antique. The panel is rectilinear at its base, with an arched top. On the picture plane within the carved border, the board appears to be covered with a very thin fabric coated with a ground that will take paint.
Elijah is portrayed with long, rather wild hair and a full beard. The prophet wears a blue robe under a big, fur-lined cape. He props his head in one hand and rests the other hand on his knee. His posture is one of waiting and thinking. Elijah turns and looks at a raven perched on a nearby rock holding a morsel of food in its beak for the prophet. Plants and bushes grow out of the rocky soil around the cave.
The sides and back of the panel are stained dark brown.
There is a loop of leather stapled to the top center of the panel back for a hanger.
The certificate label on the back of the panel is printed in English, German, French and Italian. “E [designating English] ÇERTIFIÇATE OF BYZANTIN IÇON This icon is painted by hand on oil cloth with egg Colours and real sheet of gold It is from the Macedonian School style of Mateora exportation is permitted by the archeologic legislation.” There is a handwritten notation on the upper right of the label that reads: “PROPHET ELIAS”. The label is stamped with stamp of Greece. On the back of the panel there is also a small label with a handwritten notation that reads: “G: 1-PR.12.552.”