Saints Theodore – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood

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A beautiful icon with the representation of Saints Theodore on naturally aged wood which comes from a renovated cell at Mount Athos. There are two Saint Theodore, Saint Theodore Tyron and Saint Theodore the Stratelates.

 

As this icon is handmade and the wood processing is made exclusively by hand there might be small differences at the wood but not on the representation

 

Dimensions: 20 x 28 x 2.5 εκ.

Origin: Mount Athos

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Serigraph with Saints Theodore on Naturally Aged Wood

 

There are two Saint Theodore, Saint Theodore Tyron and Saint Theodore the Stratelates. Saint Theodore Tyron is venerated as warrior saint and Great Martyr in the Orthodox Church. He was a recruit serving in the Roman army at Amasea, which is the modern Amasya in Northern Turkey. When he refused to join his fellow soldiers in pagan rites of worship, he was arrested, but then set free after a warning. However, he again protested paganism by setting fire to the temple of Cybele, which was the local mother-goddess at Amasea. He was then condemned to death and, after tortures, was executed by being thrown into a furnace. In Western Christianity, he is usually called «Theodore of Amasea» from the ancient city in Pontus where he suffered martyrdom.

Saint Theodore the Stratelates was an officer in the Roman army, but when the emperor Licinius learned that he was a Christian, he wanted to convert him. At first he called him to sacrifice to the idols, but Theodore refused. A little later, however, Saint Theodore himself attended a glorious ceremony, but instead of sacrificing to the idols, he tore them to pieces. When Licinius saw this act, he ordered his arrest, but Theodore, despite the torture, did not deny Christ. Eventually, the soldiers crucified him, but he did not die, so the emperor ordered that he would be beheaded.

Blessed Wood that Came out of Paradise

The naturally aged wood of this icon came from a renovated cell from Mount Athos which has suffered many damages through years. Renovation works were necessary to remain in good condition so monks can continue to live there. Monks are replacing doors, window shutters or ceiling beams but they are keeping the pieces of wood so they can reuse them. They are cutting and processing the wood with excellent techniques so they can use it later for their artworks such as these icons. These pieces of wood are part of the history of Mount Athos. So monks reuse them and they are giving us a small piece of this history.

 

As this icon is handmade and the wood processing is made exclusively by hand there might be small differences at the wood but not on the representation

 

Dimensions: 20 x 28 x 2.5 εκ.

Origin: Mount Athos

 

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Weight 0.654 kg

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