Lithography – The Holy Cincture | Mount Athos


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A lithography with the representation of the Holy Cincture  crafted by a monk at Mount Athos. The iconographer is using the Byzantine style until the last detail creating this excellent work of art with the technique of lithography.


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Origin: Mount Athos


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Lithography with the Holy Cincture

The Belt or Cincture is a relic of Theotokos kept in the Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos. The cincture was made by the Virgin Mary herself, out of camelhair. It was kept at Jerusalem for many years, until it was translated to Constantinople in the 5th century. According to Orthodox tradition, the Virgin Mary died in the presence of all apostles except Thomas, who was in India. He returned to Jerusalem and travelled by the help of Holy Spirit to attend the assumption of Mary. He was late to arrive and visualised that Mary’s body had been taken by angels. At that time, Thomas asked Mary to give him a sign in her memory and Theotokos heard his request and gave him her belt. Thomas showed this girdle to other disciples of Jesus and convinced them.

Lithography: Characteristics

Monks are learning the technique of lithography at iconography workshops at Mount Athos so they can create with love and patience these excellent artworks. At this icon with the representation of thw Holy Cincture the monk used a lithographic copy of Byzantine art to create this artwork. He also applied the process of artificial maturation by hand to give this icon unique aesthetic value. Lithography is a method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water.


The icon is available upon order within 5 business days


Origin: Mount Athos


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