"The Pure Soul" is an extremely rare subject matter, but it is found in Russian iconography during the 16th-18th centuries. It is an instructional icon based on various spiritual texts.
The female figure on the left, dressed in royal robes, represents the human soul. Below her is a group of wild beasts, demons, and monsters which represent sin and temptation. The man in the lower right, locked in the cave, represents the sinful soul.
When the soul overcomes her temptations, she pours water on its flame to extinguish them, which repels demons and sinfulness.
The two large faces represent the nous, the "mind of the soul" or "intellect." The lower one is clouded by sin and is trapped in hell, while the upper one is pure and rises to Christ. He sits on his throne in heaven, at the top, met by the Pure Soul and her Guardian Angel.
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