Avvakum and Anastasia


Avvakum (1620-1682) was a Russian protopope of Kazan Cathedral on Red Square who led the opposition to Patriarch Nikon's reforms of the Russian Orthodox Church. For his opposition to the reforms, Avvakum was repeatedly imprisoned. The relief shows him with his wife Anastasia who shared the long exile into Siberia with him. It was she who supported Avvakum in his fight for the faith of the fathers, blessed him to preach and to adhere to their faith. They both knew and foresaw that this would lead to fatal dangers and difficulties, but consciously took a decision to follow their faith to the end.

 

Dimensions: height 130 cm, width 102 cm, depth 4 cm

Material: Moulded stone, black metal.