Saint George – Wood Carved Icon | Mount Athos

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A great wood carved icon sample from monks at Mount Athos with the representation of Saint George. A beautiful work of art in which the figure of the saint is represented with great details something that gives the icon great collectable value.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 25 x 5,5 cm

 

 

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Wood Carved Icon with Saint George

At this beautiful wood carved icon there is the representation of Saint George. He was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origins, member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He became one of the most venerated saints and megalo-martyrs in Christianity. His father died for the faith when George was fourteen, and his mother returned with George to her homeland.

A few years later, George’s mother died. George travelled to the capital Nicomedia and joined the Roman army. George was executed by decapitation on 23 April 303. A witness of his suffering convinced Empress Alexandra of Rome to become a Christian as well, so she joined George in martyrdom. His body was returned to Lydda for burial, where Christians soon came to honour him as a martyr.

Wood Carved Icon: Characteristics

This particular wood carved icon belongs to a special category of icons – artworks that are famous for the exceptional details at saints depiction, the high level technique that is used, as well as for the skills of the monks at woodworking. This is a unique handmade work of art which is made with linden wood. It is well known that monks at Mount Athos have great skills at woodworking, treatment and preservation of wood something that is obvious not only from the wood carved icons but also from the wood carved iconostasis they make at their churches and monasteries.

For this particular wood carved icon the monk used the technique of micro-craftsmanship or micro-woodcarving in order to be depicted with every detail the forms and facial features of the saints. After the first process and rubbing of the wood comes the painting of the wood with ecological color and then follows the disinfestation process so that the wood stays in excellent condition for more than 100 years.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 25 x 5,5 cm

 

 

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Weight 1.2 kg

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