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

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A beautiful icon with the representation of the Descent from the Cross on naturally aged wood. An icon which stands out thanks to its quality.

 

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: 30 x 25 x 2,5 cm

 

 

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Icon with the Descent from the Cross on Naturally Aged Wood

This is an icon with the representation of the Descent from the Cross which 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

That piece of naturally aged wood used to be part of a door leaf at a cell at Mount Athos. When the cell was renovated because it has suffered many damages through years monks kept the pieces of that old wood to use them as a base at the icons they create. Renovation works were necessary so the cell could  remain in good condition and monks can continue to live there. Every part of this cell is connected with the monks who lived there and carries within blessings and prayers from many years ago. At Mount Athos there are dozens of cells and some of them are located there for centuries. The old wood has been carefully cut and preserved by monks with excellent techniques on processing wood.

 

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: 30 x 25 x 2,5 cm

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Weight 0.93 kg

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