Virgin Mary Hodegetria – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood – Mount Athos

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A beautiful icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Hodegetria on naturally aged wood. This piece of wood used to be part of a cell in the past but now is used for the creation of this collectible icon.

 

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: 25 x 31.5 cm

 

 

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Icon with Virgin Mary Hodegetria on Naturally Aged Wood

A serigraph with Virgin Mary Hodegetria. According to Orthodox tradition the icon of Virgin Mary Hodegetria is the first icon of the Church and this prototype is said to have been painted by the Apostle Luke and later kept in Constantinople. However there is another version that says that the prototype has long been in the Katholikon of the Monastery of Vatopedi, on the column of the left choir. Tradition says that in 1730 the icon suddenly disappeared from its place, although the gates of the Monastery were locked and was found at the Monastery of Xenophontos.

Everyone thought that someone had stolen it, and so the icon was brought back to its old place. But a short while afterwards the same incident happened again. The monks from Vatopedi were now convinced that this was a miracle and decided to respect the will of Theotokos. They hastened to Xenophontos to reverence the «Hodegetria», and for a long time afterwards used to send oil and wax for Her in Her new home.

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: 25 x 31.5 cm

 

 

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Weight 1.23 kg
Dimensions 25 × 31.5 cm

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