Virgin Mary Hodegetria – Antique Handmade Icon | Mount Athos

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This antique handmade icon with Virgin Mary Hodegetria is a great work of art. The iconographer crafted by the Byzantine style an icon of Theotokos (Mother of God) with excellent quality and great aesthetic value.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 18,5 x 28 x 2 cm

 

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Antique handmade icon with Virgin Mary Hodegetria

An antique serigraph with Virgin Mary Hodegetria. According to Orthodox tradition the icon of Virgin Mary Hodegetria is the first icon of the Church and this prototype is said to have been painted by the Apostle Luke and later kept in Constantinople. However there is another version that says that the prototype has long been in the Katholikon of the Monastery of Vatopedi, on the column of the left choir. Tradition says that in 1730 the icon suddenly disappeared from its place, although the gates of the Monastery were locked and was found at the Monastery of Xenophontos.

Everyone thought that someone had stolen it, and so the icon was brought back to its old place. But a short while afterwards the same incident happened again. The monks from Vatopedi were now convinced that this was a miracle and decided to respect the will of Theotokos. They hastened to Xenophontos to reverence the «Hodegetria», and for a long time afterwards used to send oil and wax for Her in Her new home.

Antique handmade icon: Characteristics

A beautiful antique handmade icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Hodegetria. The special characteristic of that icon is the artificial maturation made by the monk iconographer which upgrades the quality of this artwork and gives great aesthetic value. At the same time underlines and gives a special grace at the features of Virgin Mary, as She is crafted at that icon. This is an exact copy of Byzantine art that has been crafted with excellent quality materials in natural wood. An exceptional piece of iconography crafted entirely by hand which stands out for its incredible technique.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 18,5 x 28 x 2 cm

 

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Weight0.7 kg

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