Amaranthus Tree – Root of Jesse | Mount Athos

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A unique work of art, full of symbolism, made with effort and a lot of prayer by the monks on Mount Athos. The Amaranthus Tree or Tree of Life from Mount Athos impresses with its detailed work, its elaborate design and the combination of its materials. It is accompanied by the icon with Root of Jesse in antique painting technique, crafted by the wellknown hagiographer father Pefkis.
Dimensions of the tree: 19 x 15 cm / Dimensions of the icon: 15 x 20 cm

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The Amaranthus Tree or Tree of Life from Mount Athos

With much prayer and personal labor, the monks at Mount Athos create stunning and unique works of art. Amaranthus Tree or Tree of Life or Root of Jesse is a masterpiece of the monks of Mount Athos that impresses with its thoughtful work, details of its construction and the combination of its materials.

The monks of Mount Athos collect the rocks themselves from the rugged slopes of Athos on which they make with art and passion the Amaranthus Tree. Inspired by the rich fauna of Athos but also by the allegorical stories of the Old Testament, the Mount Athos fathers create unique and distinct artifacts – works of art.

The Amarantus Tree is made of thin copper wire which is wrapped in a masterful way to create the roots, trunk and branches of a tree with an emphasis on every detail. Each tree rests on a rock of different size from the slopes of Mount Athos on which its origin, Mount Athos, is written. Semi-precious stones, specially processed, are placed on the branches of the tree as its fruits.

What does the Amaranthus Tree mean?

The Amarantus Tree is a special handwork for the monks on Mount Athos. On the one hand, it symbolizes the deep roots of Mount Athos and tradition that are lost in the centuries but continue to bear fruit due to the labor and ascetic life of the monks of Mount Athos.

On the other hand, it symbolizes the Root of Jesse, which is the Virgin Mary, the Lady of Mount Athos. Our Lady comes from Jesse by flesh. Jesse was the father of Prophet David. Thus, in the icon of the Root of Jesse, the Virgin is depicted enthroned while there are branches of a tree around it.

 

The Amarantus Tree is accompanied by the ancient iconography of Root of Jesse, crafted by the wellknonwn hagiographer father Pefkis.

More information about this great icon you can find here

 

Origin: New Sketes Brotherhood, Mount Athos

Dimensions of the tree: 19 x 15 cm / Dimensions of the icon: 15 x 20 cm
Net Weight: 3.600gr

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Weight3.6 kg

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