Icon with polished gold – Saint George | Mount Athos

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A unique iconography with the representation of Saint George which is crafted with the Byzantine standards from monks at Mount Athos. This is an icon with polished gold and details with the tsoukani technique which creates a work of art with high aesthetic value.

 

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Origin: Holy Cell of Saint Makarii, Mount Athos

Dimensions: 23 x 30 cm

 

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Icon with polished gold and tsoukani technique with Saint George

Saint George was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origins, member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He became one of the most venerated saints and megalo-martyrs in Christianity. His father died for the faith when George was fourteen, and his mother returned with George to her homeland.

A few years later, George’s mother died. George travelled to the capital Nicomedia and joined the Roman army. George was executed by decapitation on 23 April 303. A witness of his suffering convinced Empress Alexandra of Rome to become a Christian as well, so she joined George in martyrdom. His body was returned to Lydda for burial, where Christians soon came to honour him as a martyr.

Unique icon of Βyzantine art: Characteristics

An icon with the representation of Saint George crafted by hand with gold leaf of 22 K. This is a work of art which obeys to the standards of Byzantine art from the colours of the icon to the style that was used by the monks of the Holy Cell of Saint Makarii at Mount Athos. At this particular icon the monks used polished gold, a technique that gives a flawless aesthetic effect.

This is an icon with polished gold in order to maintain the brightness and the vividness of the iconography. The processing of the gold has created a smooth surface which in combination with the style of the icon has given us a collectible icon. The halo and the shield of the Saint are decorated with exceptional details which are made with the tsoukani technique.

 

Origin: Holy Cell of Saint Makarii, Mount Athos

Dimensions: 23 x 30 cm

Additional information

Weight1.5 kg

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