Our Lady of Pochaev – Wood Carved Icon | Mount Athos

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A wood carved icon with the rare representation of Our Lady of Pochaev. The prototype is located at the monastery of Dormition at Pochaev, Ukraine. For this particular wood carved icon the monk used the technique of micro-craftsmanship or micro-woodcarving.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 22 x 30 x 4 cm

 

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Wood Carved Icon with Our Lady of Pochaev

A unique wood carved icon with the rare representation of Our Lady of Pochaev. The prototype is located at the monastery of Dormition at Pochaev, Ukraine and took that name after a miracle that happened there. According to tradition a monk ascended Mount Pochaev in order to pray. After beginning his prayers, a pillar of fire appeared to him and to some shepherds that happened to be nearby.

The flames withdrew to reveal the Blessed Virgin. The apparition of the Virgin Mary left behind a  footprint, from which a spring of water flowed. This first event would lead to many other miracles through the special dedication of the Blessed Virgin to this region. After some legal obstacles were resolved, the icon was finally placed in the brother’s Church of the Dormition of the Blessed Mother. The monastery’s chronicles record numerous miracles during the icon’s stay at their Church.

Wood Carved Icon: Characteristics

This particular wood carved icon belongs to a special category of icons – artworks that are famous for the exceptional details at saints depiction, the high level technique that is used, as well as for the skills of the monks at woodworking. This is a unique handmade work of art which is made with linden wood. It is well known that monks at Mount Athos have great skills at woodworking, treatment and preservation of wood something that is obvious not only from the wood carved icons but also from the wood carved iconostasis they make at their churches and monasteries.

For this particular wood carved icon the monk used the technique of micro-craftsmanship or micro-woodcarving in order to be depicted with every detail the forms and facial features of the saints. After the first process and rubbing of the wood comes the painting of the wood with ecological color and then follows the disinfestation process so that the wood stays in excellent condition for more than 100 years.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 22 x 30 x 4 cm

 

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Weight1.1 kg

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