An angel is a messenger of God, and a being which has stood before God and praised Him from a time before human comprehension. We cannot fully grasp what an angel's exact nature is, but we can understand an angel's function on earth. In icons, angels—especially the high-ranking Archangels—are depicted in an earthly form. All the angels are dressed as humans, in clothing accented with gold, the color of holiness and Heaven.
The Archangel Michael is the warrior of God, and in any given instance of heavenly warfare is likely present fighting for Him. In icons, Michael can always be identified by his soldier's attire, his armor, and the sword he wields. Also, Michael is frequently clothed in some shade of red. The color red can symbolize power, war, blood, and sacrifice: all appropriate to the angel who is engaged in warfare. His liturgical hymns refer to him as "the Commander of the bodiless hosts." He holds a flaming sword in one hand, a reference to the angel who guards the Garden of Eden in the book of Genesis, and an orb in his other hand, symbolizing his authority as the supreme Archangel.
This icon, part of the Zvenigorod deësis, was painted about 1415 by the Russian master iconographer Saint Andrei Rublev.
Posted by Lorelei on Aug 10th 2016
This is so well-made. The red paint on the wood is vibrant, as is the icon itself. This is very "thick" and stands up well on its own - it doesn't have to be hung up and it doesn't need a stand if you don't hang it up. It is a very nice size for a "mini" - it is sitting on my PC at work and it is very conspicuous because of its size. It is well worth the price at full price, and it was a "steal" for me at the .99 cent special offer price.