Icon with the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt
H: 77 cm, W: 54,7 cm
Unknown Provenance, 18th century (?).
In the centre of the depiction is the Virgin Mary riding on a white horse. Jesus is seated on St. Joseph’s right shoulder. In the background, a town with white houses refers to Egypt, the place of refuge. The sojourn of the Holy Family into Egypt plays an important role in the Coptic Church and is annually celebrated on the 1st of June.
Coptic Museum, Cairo.