A SOMEWHAT VAGUE ORIGIN

Here is a very unusual icon about which there seems to be no information:

IzbavlenieOtMuk

Though the icon has a Church Slavic title inscription, it does little to clarify the origin of the imagery.  The title is:

ОБРАЗ ИЗВАЛЕНЕ ОТ МУКЪ ИСУСА ХРИСТА
OBRAZ IZBAVLENIE OT MUK” ISUSA KHRISTA
“IMAGE OF THE DELIVERANCE FROM TORMENT JESUS CHRIST”

So the title implies that Jesus is the “Deliverance from Torment.”

The image apparently shows Jesus releasing a prisoner or prisoners from punishment, but that is an event that did not happen literally anywhere in the New Testament.  One can only speculate what the origin might have been. 

Did it come from the words of Luke 4:18?

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are oppressed.

And possibly a relationship to Psalm 68:6?

God sets the solitary in families: he brings out those which are bound with chains.”

In any case, this is the only example of this type I have seen so far.  If the image were large enough to read the text on the scroll held by Jesus, that might help to explain the image.  But until further information appears, one can only store the image away in memory and wait.  That is sometimes the case with very uncommon icons.

 

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