The Holy Mandylion
The iconography has been crafted in the workshop of the Holy Monastery of Xenophontos on Mount Athos, from monks that practice there the sacred art of the Byzantine iconography.
The Orthodox tradition, according to which icons are considered as an inseparable element of the Christian Gospel, is also expressed in the tradition which certifies that the first icon of Christ appeared during his lifetime on earth.
According to the sacred tradition, Christ sent an icon of himself to Abgar, prince of Osroene. Christ washed and wiped his face with a linen cloth and his facial characteristics got imprinted on this particular cloth. Abgar was healed. In memory of this event, iconographies were crafted where the face of Christ was illustrated in a piece of linen cloth.
This particular iconography was made in the workshop of the Holy Monastery of Xenofontos on Mount Athos, from monks that practice there the sacred art of the Byzantine iconography.
• It was crafted with egg-tempera paint on natural wood. Completely handmade it is a unique and collective work of art that took several months of work in order to be made.
• It is adorned with 22 carat gold leaf and has been polished in order to withstand the decay of time, while for its further protection it was placed in a wooden case with glass.
The artwork is available with the approval and blessings of the Holy Monastery via the products exhibition of Mount Athos.
|Dimensions||3 × 12.5 × 17.5 cm|