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The Descent from the Cross – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood – Mount Athos

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An excellent icon with The Descent from the Cross placed on wood of natural aging. The wood comes from a restored cell of Mount Athos.

 

As this icon is handmade and the wood processing is made exclusively by hand there might be small differences at the wood but not on the representation

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 19 x 24 x 1.5 cm

 

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Icon with The Descent from the Cross on Naturally Aged Wood

The Descent from the Cross is a theme that often is depicted in art and became a popular subject at Byzantine art from 9th century. According to Orthodox tradition the Descent from the Cross was initiated by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, who were secret disciple of Jesus. It is known that Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate to let him take Jesus’ body down from the Cross and he gave his permission. At this icon we can see them taking the body of Jesus from the Cross.

Under the Cross there are other figures who are often included in depictions of this subject. These are John the Evangelist, a fainting Virgin Mary and three other women, all of them known with the name Mary. Among them was Mary Magdalene. We can also see that Virgin Mary is depicted mourning. At Her face we can see the pain and sorrow of a mother who just lost a child.

Blessed Wood that Came out of Paradise

The wood at this icon has been carefully cut and preserved by monks with excellent techniques on processing wood. This piece of naturally aged wood was part of a ceiling beam but when monks renovated the cell and replaced the beam, they thought that these pieces of wood could be used to make beautiful artworks. On the front of this icon they placed the canvas with the representation of The Descent from the Cross. On the back side of the icon two parallel cross – beams have been placed to support the image as well as a leather hook. On Mount Athos there are dozens of cells and many of them are located there for centuries.

 

As this icon is handmade and the wood processing is made exclusively by hand there might be small differences at the wood but not on the representation

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 19 x 24 x 1.5 cm

 

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 19 × 24 × 1.5 cm

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