The prophet standing before the Lord Sabaoth with a scroll in hand is portrayed in a three-quarter turn. The center of the icon is framed with a golden ornamental arc on small chiseled columns. The arc’s construction is reminiscent of a giant book head-piece or a magnificent carved portal of the Holy Gates. Side borders represent Bible scenes.
The icon belongs to the half-length frontal images of Elijah the Prophet, widespread in the Russian iconography in late 14th – 16th centuries that were subsequently replaced with the icons of the Fiery Ascent. In the upper margin is an untypical image of the Savior Not Made with Hands. Elijah is shown wearing a pink-ochre chiton and two-color fur mantle. In his right hand Elijah is holding a scroll reading “Ревнуя и // поревновах // по Господе Бозе Все //(дер)жители”. This is a quotation from the Old Testament story about Elijah’s beating of the pagan prophets of Baal.
The centerpiece shows the shoulder-length depiction of saint Nicholas against the red background. He is represented in a frontal pose in the attire of hierarch, dark ochroid phelonion with the hem decorated with pearls near collar and omophorion are partially visible. Borders of the icon represent Deesis and waist-length figures of the selected saints.
The half-figure the saint is beautifully painted on a vertical board. The painting of the face, combining liquid ochre and reddening with bluish shading, was done by a very experienced iconographer. The ornamentality of the prophet’s beard locks, noted by the scholars, given some simplicity of the painting, indicates provincialism of its style, however, the elaborated details are so rhythmically perfect that the meaningfulness of this art method raises no doubts. And yet the icon was executed outside stationary workshop conditions, which can be seen from specific features of the board. The kovcheg is not deep, with one thin connected cut in the reverse side.
The icon depicts prophet Elijah, saints Nicholas the Wonderworker and Basil the Great, martyr George (below), martyrs and healers Florus and Laurus, martyrs Parasceva and Anastasia (above), interceding with the image of Our Lady of the Sign.