Saint John the Baptist – Wood Carved Icon – Mount Athos

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A wood carved icon with Saint John the Baptist that belongs to a special category of artworks which are famous for the exceptional details at saints depiction and the high level technique that is used.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 25 x 5,5 cm

 

 

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Wood Carved Icon with Saint John the Baptist

An exceptional wood carved icon with the representation of Saint John the Baptist. He was an ascetic and great prophet, who baptized Christ and became one of the most revered saints in the Orthodox Church. He was called to tell people to repent or to be sorry for their sins and to be baptized.

Before Christ began his public ministry He was saying to people: «I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs on his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire». John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. Luke tells us that the heavens opened at that moment and the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus. Because he baptized Christ, he is the patron saint of godparents. He is sometimes called the Angel of the Desert and because of this title, he is sometimes depicted with wings.

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: 20 x 25 x 5,5 cm

 

Additional information

Weight1.1 kg
Dimensions20 × 25.5 × 5.5 cm

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