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Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary and John the Baptist – Icon on naturally aged wood | Mount Athos

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A beautiful icon with Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary and John the Baptist on naturally aged wood which comes from a renovated cell at Mount Athos. Every part of this cell is connected with the monks who lived there and carries within blessings and prayers from many years ago. In Orthodox iconography the representation of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary and John the Baptist is called Deesis (Prayer or supplication).

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 27 x 2 cm

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Icon of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary and John the Baptist on naturally aged wood

At this icon the iconographer represents three of the most important figures in Orthodox Church, Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist. This is a traditional iconic representation of Christ usually carrying a book, and surrounded by the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist.

In some icons there are also saints and angels. Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist are shown facing towards Christ with their hands raised in supplication on behalf of humanity. They are praying for the souls of all people. In Byzantine and Orthodox art this icon is called Deesis (Supplication).

Blessed Wood that came out of Heaven!

This is a unique icon, not because of the beautiful iconography on canvas but also of the wood which was used by the monk who created this artwork. This 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 icons.

The wood has been carefully cut and preserved by monks with excellent techniques on processing wood. On the front they placed the canvas with the representation of Deesis. 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 over 140 cells and many of them are located there for centuries.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 27 x 2 cm

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Weight0.75 kg

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