Antique Russian IconIcons tell a visual story to the faithful and help the faithful pray and meditate. Small metal Icons have a 1000-year-old history and were often called “Traveler's Icon”. Devoted individuals, soldiers and others would take them into battle or on their travels for protection. Traditionally made of bronze / brass, they were wearable and small (2 x 2.5 in). The soft brass originals were submitted to the constant wear of devoted fingers, recording the history of heavy prayer on these sacramentals. Besides spiritual protection through prayer, the icon provided physical protection as well.