Virgin Mary of Sorrows – Wood Carved Icon | Mount Athos

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A wood carved icon with Virgin Mary of Sorrows or Virgin Mary with Seven Swords that belongs to a special category of  artworks that are famous for the exceptional details at saints depiction and the high level technique that is used.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 16,5 x 14 x 5,5 cm

 

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Wood Carved Icon with Virgin Mary of Sorrows

This is a beautiful icon with the extremely rare representation of Virgin Mary of Sorrows – Seven Swords. At this icon we have a representation of Virgin Mary with three swords at every shoulder and a seventh one pierces Her heart. This representation symbolizes Her great sorrow for losing Her only son. In russian traditional stories amulets with Virgin Mary of Sorrows are placed in the entrance of a house to protect it from illness, jealousy and evil eye.

The icon is related to the prophecy of Saint Simeon the theologian recorded by the evangelist Luke «a sword will go through your heart…» (Luke 2,35). This passage refers to the pain that Virgin Mary would feel at the time of separation from her beloved Son, when He would be led to the death of the Cross in front of her eyes. The Virgin Mary of Sorrows- Seven Swords is also known as the «prophecy of Simeon». Honored by the Church on August 13th.

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: 16,5 x 14 x 5,5 cm

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Weight0.6 kg

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