Saint John the Baptist

24.500,00

For the Greek Orthodoxy, Saint John the Baptist was the Matins who announced the coming day of the Lord. His face is depicted disheveled and his beard sparse. His expression is strict and serious. His hands and his body are portrayed fleshless, because according to the scriptures, his food in the desert was locusts and wild honey.

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For the Greek Orthodoxy, Saint John the Baptist was the Matins who announced the coming day of the Lord. His face is depicted disheveled and his beard sparse. His expression is strict and serious. His hands and his body are portrayed fleshless, because according to the scriptures, his food in the desert was locusts and wild honey. His face is painted scrawny and dark skinned in order to declare the intense heat of the desert. He is wearing clothes made of camel hair and is holding his own head with his left hand, in a display that refers to the end of his life.

Herodias, daughter of the living brother of Herod, Philip, advised her daughter Salome to ask as a gift from her stepfather, the head of Prophet John in a dish, since his words troubled the corrupt minds.

This specific icon was produced by the hagiographic workshop of the Holy Monastery of Xenophontos on Mount Athos and bears the seal of the Monastery at its bottom-left side. It is entirely decorated with pure gold leaf and polished so as to remain unchangeable over time.

Additional information

Weight 10.00 kg
Dimensions 3 x 75 x 100 cm