A Russian term for an icon cover, usually in metal, that hides most of the painted icon from view for the purpose of veneration and protection.

A cover for a painted icon that hides most of it from view, for the purpose of veneration and protection. Often covers the painted icon except for hands and faces, although elements like scrolls and small full-length figures are sometimes also uncovered. Usually made from metal, including silver, gold, bronze, and tin, although rizas can also be made from beaded textiles. As an object reflecting the importance of an icon, rizas are often decorated with elaborate metalwork techniques, enamel, and semi-precious or precious stones. Also known as an oklad. A separate object than the related kiot, which encases and usually frames an icon but leaves most of it uncovered.

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