The icon dated back to 1170 been found in Yakut village
Yakutia ,24 TV channel: Fragments of the presumably Byzantine period ancient icon frame have been found in the village of Russkoye Ustye, Allaikhovsky region.
“The first Russian Ustyins brought thr icon to thr local church in ancient times. Under Soviet rule, the church was closed, many icons were stolen. My grandfather, being a very religious person, took the remaining frames to his summer site. I saw them there in childhood, but did not think they were of any value. In the fall of 2019, the house ceiling fell, and my uncle transferred the icons to our school museum,” says local school teacher Natalya Kiseleva.
She, together with a nine grade student, decided to write a research paper on the basis of the icon frame fragment.
“Until now, scientists have been arguing about where the first inhabitants of Russian Estuary came from. We connected the history of this icon with this theme. Several versions are put forward: someone believes that the first Russian Ustyins fled from Ivan the Terrible, someone – that they are immigrants from Novgorod. We think that they brought this icon with them,” says Kiseleva.
She emphasized that the fragment of the icon weighs a lot and may be made of silver with gilding. There are several Greek numbers on it, as well as a part of the baby shoulder image, held on arms.
“We consulted with a theological seminary in Yakutsk, where they confirmed the uniqueness of the frame. Using Internet resources, we were supposedly able to determine that the icon is Byzantine, of around 1170. The fragment has a rich pattern depicting bunches of grapes. To be completely sure, we need to conduct a serious examination,” says the teacher.