Saint Paisios of Mount Athos – Wood Carved Icon | Mount Athos

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A great wood carved icon with Saint Paisios, a handmade art work 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.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 32,5 x 40 x 5,5 cm

 

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Wood Carved Icon with Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos was respected for his spiritual guidance and ascetic life. After going to many monasteries at last at 1979 he moved to Panagouda, a hermitage belonging to Koutloumousiou Monastery. It was there that his renown grew. Between prayer and assisting his visitors, he only rested for two or three hours each night. The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate canonized Elder Paisios on 13 January 2015.

Paisios’ sainthood happened quickly according to church standards, and was the second-fastest sainthood in recent church history. On Sunday 24 February 2019, the first Athonite church dedicated to St. Paisios the Athonite was consecrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon (Kalafatis) of Xanthi. The church is located in Kapsala, in the area between Karyes and the monasteries of Pantocrator and Stavronikita, where there used to be a skete.

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: 32,5 x 40 x 5,5 cm

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Weight2.9 kg

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