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Diamond icons by Igor Kotelyanets

Diamond icons by Igor Kotelyanets

Icon of the Mother of God Semistrelnaya (seven arrows). Diamond icons by Igor Kotelyanets

Diamond icons by Igor Kotelyanets

Technology of diamond installation in manufacturing icons appeared in 2004, it is a new trend in art, which also has no analogues in the world. All work is done by hand by professional craftsmen, who previously receive the blessing on the creation of icons, each installation is a unique work of art. The idea of creation encrusted with diamonds icons using natural colored diamonds and diamond chips dates 12.02.2004 and belongs to Igor Kotelyanets (born 1961). The idea of creating such a direction emerged from Igor Ivanovich Kotelyanets in the Russian city of Sevastopol, in one of the cult objects.
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Roman Goddess of luck Fortuna

Fortuna, Blindfolded Goddess of Luck

Roman Goddess of luck Fortuna

Roman Goddess of luck Fortuna is the oldest Cult of Italic origin (di novensidenses), she is considered Goddess of chance, luck and fate. The oldest original meaning of the goddess Fortuna is difficult to determine. Its ancient temples were Fortis Fortunae and Aedes Fortunae, on the Forum Boarium. Judging by the nature of the holiday Fortis Fortunae and its time (June 24), the original meaning of the goddess was agricultural – deification of the accident, an unforeseen combination of circumstances that play such an important role in the life of the farmer.
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Normandy Rouen crosses

Rouen cross, gold and strass, France

Rouen cross, gold and strass, France

Crosses were the most distinctive piece of jewelry in Europe. Normandy Rouen crosses were more often made of gilt metal, sometimes gold, depending on their buyers income. Whatever the material was, the manufacture of them was not simple. They were richly decorated with symbolic religious or floral motifs, with imitating diamonds glass or local rock crystal. Beautiful and massive Rouen crosses could be up to 10cm in length. The way the crosses were worn in France is different from other Catholic countries. They hang on a black velvet ribbon, along with a heart shaped coulant. The ribbon was fastened round the neck like a choker, with the ends tied at the back in a bow, the coulant was separated by some centimeters from the cross.
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Cynocephaly dog-head humans

Cynocephali illustrated in the Kievan psalter, 1397

Cynocephali illustrated in the Kievan psalter, 1397. Ancient Rus

Cynocephaly dog-head humans. Christian culture faced numerous ancient legends of various antropozoomorph beings, raised the question of their belonging to the human race: the question naturally follows from the Scriptures of Christians. This question was asked by one of the largest Christian thinkers of all times and peoples Aurelian Augustine in the early V century. Since the human race according to the Bible comes from the race of Adam, and then from Noah, whether the existence of such monstrous peoples was real? Among these peoples Augustine mentioned Cynocephaly: “And what about Cynocephaly, dog’s head, which bark and look more animals than people?”
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Enamel painting by Vyacheslav Abramov

Easter egg souvenir. Enamel painting by Vyacheslav Abramov

Easter egg souvenir. Enamel painting by Vyacheslav Abramov. Silver, gilding, enamel, stones – citrine, chrysolite, grenades

Enamel painting by Vyacheslav Abramov. Vyacheslav Abramov is a talented Russian artist, born in 1952, in the city of Rybinsk, Yaroslavl region. In 1978 he graduated from the Rybinsk Aviation Technology Institute, and worked at a plant until 1990. But he never gave up on creativity – was engaged in wood carvings from 1980 to 1992. He has created more than 500 works for the interior decoration. As a woodcarver has participated in amateur and professional exhibitions on the regional level. In 1990 he had become intensely engaged in jewelry business and painting on enamel. First it was the exclusive jewelry, then Easter eggs, and finally – salary for icons. Since 2001 Abramov is a Member of the Union of Artists of Russia.
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Nepal living goddess Kumari

Nepal living goddess Kumari - Samita Bajracharya wears makeup before attending a festival, at Kumari Ghar in Patan City, Nepal

Nepal living goddess Kumari – Samita Bajracharya wears makeup before attending a festival, at Kumari Ghar in Patan City, Nepal

Nepal living goddess Kumari (from the Sanskrit Kaumarya – virgin) – is a young girl, whom the local Hindus and Buddhists consider the embodiment of the goddess Taleju (the Nepalese name of the goddess Durga). The idea of bodily incarnation of Durga in Hinduism has lived for many centuries. In the treatise “Devi Mahatmyam”, written in the 4-5 centuries, the goddess Chandi (Durga subsistence) says that she is present in all female living beings in the universe. To this day, at festivals, Durga Puja and Navaratri believers of India choose a girl who is their living goddess, but only for one day – during the celebration. In Nepal, the Hindu idea of the incarnation of the goddess in the girl reached its highest development thanks to the influence of Buddhism.
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Marc Chagall Stained-glass windows

Marc Chagall Stained-glass windows

Marc Chagall Stained-glass windows

Marc Chagall stained-glass windows. Marc Chagall lived for nearly one hundred years, 80 of which he had spent creating a fantastic world full of biblical legends, people and things around him. It is a story interspersed with reality, past and present. Chagall charmed all with his beautiful poetic works, soft and fabulous images. Since the late 1950s, Chagall has made a lot of stained-glass windows for Catholic churches, Lutheran churches, synagogues and other public buildings in France, Italy, USA, Israel, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
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