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The Descent from the Cross – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood | Mount Athos

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A beautiful icon with the representation of The Descent from the Cross. The special characteristic of this icon is the naturally aged wood the monk used which comes from a renovated cell at Mount Athos.

 

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

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 26 x 30 x 2,5 cm

 

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Icon with The Descent from the Cross on Naturally Aged Wood

The Descent from the Cross is a theme that often is depicted in art and became a popular subject at Byzantine art from 9th century. According to Orthodox tradition the Descent from the Cross was initiated by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, who were secret disciple of Jesus. It is known that Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate to let him take Jesus’ body down from the Cross and he gave his permission. At this icon we can see them taking the body of Jesus from the Cross.

Under the Cross there are other figures who are often included in depictions of this subject. These are John the Evangelist, a fainting Virgin Mary and three other women, all of them known with the name Mary. Among them was Mary Magdalene. We can also see that Virgin Mary is depicted mourning. At Her face we can see the pain and sorrow of a mother who just lost a child.

Blessed Wood that Came out of Paradise

This naturally aged wood that was used at the icon of The Descent from the Cross 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

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 26 x 30 x 2,5 cm

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Weight1.2 kg
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