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

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An icon with Virgin Mary Hodegetria on naturally aged wood. This wood came from a renovated cell from Mount Athos which has suffered many damages through years.

 

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: 21 x 30 cm

 

 

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Icon with Virgin Mary Hodegetria on Naturally Aged Wood

This is an excellent 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

This naturally aged wood that was used at the icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Hodegetria came from a renovated cell from Mount Athos which has suffered many damages through years. Renovation works were necessary to remain in good condition so monks can continue to live there. Monks are replacing doors, window shutters or ceiling beams but they are keeping the pieces of wood so they can reuse them. They are cutting and processing the wood with excellent techniques so they can use it later for their artworks such as these icons. These pieces of wood are part of the history of Mount Athos. So monks reuse them and they are giving us a small piece of this history.

 

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: 21 x 30 cm

 

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Weight 0.81 kg

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