Handmade Hagiography – Virgin Mary Portaitissa • Gold Carved Background | Mount Athos
On this handmade hagiography which has been crafted by a Mount Athos Monk, Virgin Mary Portaitissa is depicted imposing with a strict pose. The penetrative look of Theotokos causes admiration. The background of the icon and the engraved halos of Virgin Mary and Jesus have been crafted with pure gold and with the use of the tsoukani technique.
Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 2 cm
Handmade Hagiography with Virgin Mary Portaitissa crafted on a gold leaf background
Virgin Mary Portaitissa is depicted on a golden background which has been crafted with the use of tsoukani technique. The icon highlights the vibrant byzantine colors of Virgin Mary and Christ. The icon has been handcrafted by a Mount Athos Monks, who created it with outmost attention to detail and with a lot of prayer.
The halos of both Virgin Mary and Christ are gold and have been crafted with the use of tsoukani technique. The halo of Jesus has the inscription O ΩΝ carved on it, which implies His divinity.
Jesus is depicted sitting comfortably on his mother’s lap. He is holding a closed scroll on his left arm and is blessing with his right one. It is a faithful copy of the well known icon of Virgin Mary Portaitissa which can be found in the Holy Monastery of Iviron on Mount Athos.
Handmade hagiography made of pure gold by using the tsoukani technique!
The embossed halos of Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ symbolize the holy light with which the depicted forms are covered with. The halos have been crafted with pure gold and are carved with tsoukani. The artwork is coated with glaze in order for its glow to remain unchanged over the time passage.
On its back side there is a metallic hook in order for the icon to be hung on the wall and a wooden basis in order to be place in every surface and be stable. The icon bears the seal of authenticity on its back side which guarantees the gold purity.
Virgin Mary Portaitissa – History of the icon
The icon Panagia Portaitissa (“She who resides by the door” or “Keeper of the gate”) is a wonder-working icon of the Theotokos that was, according to traditions, painted by the Apostle and Evangelist Saint Luke.
This icon is considered to be the most famous and most revered miraculous icon of the Theotokos on the Holy Mountain. The entire icon is encased by an 1819 gold and silver shirt covering the entire icon except for the faces. The most unique characteristic of the image is what appears to be a scar on the chin of the Virgin.
Origin: Monks Fraternity of Saint Basil on Mount Athos
Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 2 cm