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I have two problems: (1) I can't always decipher the stylised writing on icons, and (2) I am not always sure whether I am looking at an angel or at someone on a throne which has 'wings' as part of the throne. Can you identify these two for me, please?
 

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They are both icons of St John the Forerunner. The first one is the most common depiction you see, with his own head on the platter at his feet. I never thought much about the wings, but they could very well denote his status as messenger, which he himself stressed throughout his life.

I see that both these icons are from some church iconostasis. So as you know, St John is always next to Christ there, and if the church is actually dedicated to him, there will be another icon of his (different style, obviously) next to the Virgin.
 

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They are both icons of St John the Forerunner. The first one is the most common depiction you see, with his own head on the platter at his feet. I never thought much about the wings, but they could very well denote his status as messenger, which he himself stressed throughout his life.

I see that both these icons are from some church iconostasis. So as you know, St John is always next to Christ there, and if the church is actually dedicated to him, there will be another icon of his (different style, obviously) next to the Virgin.
Thank you. Both the churches are in the Peleponnese, but I don't recall their dedications.
 
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