Prophet Elias – Gold Plated Lithography – Mount Athos

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Gold plated lithography with the representation of great Prophet Elias. An icon crafted by an iconographer monk at Mount Athos.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

 

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Gold Plated Lithography with Prophet Elias

According to Orthodox tradition when Elias was born, his father Sabah saw angels of God around the child, swaddling it with fire and feeding it with flames. Prophet Elias came into the greatest conflict with the Israelite king, Ahab, and his evil wife Jezebel, for they worshipped idols and turned the people from the service of the one, living God.

On top of this, Jezebel, being a Syrian, persuaded her husband to build a temple to the Syrian god, Baal, and appointed many priests to the service of this false god. Elias performed many miracles by the power of God: he closed the heavens, that no rain should fall for three years and six months. He also called down fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice to his God, while the priests of Baal were unable to do this and he brought rain from the heavens at his prayers.

Gold Plated Lithography: Characteristics

This particular icon has been created with the technique of lithography. In addition this icon has been gold plated and as a result the quality and overall aesthetics of the work is being upgraded and it also has embossed letters a technique done entirely by hand. 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 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.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

 

 

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