Saint Archangel. North wall of the Archangels’ church, 11th century, Zemo Krikhi, Racha (West Georgia) Copy by T. Sheviakova. 1948. Paper, Tempera. 168.90 cm. GNM, Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts.
Early in the 12th century, the Georgian king David the Builder donated several precious stones to the icon while his successor Demetrius I had the icon, already revered as miraculous, transferred to the Gelati monastery near Kutaisi, western Georgia, where it was further refurbished and set in a gold frame with gilded silver wings under Queen Tamar. According to the medieval Georgian chronicles, Tamar particularly honored the icon.