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Virgin Mary Gerontissa – Engraved Serigraph – Mount Athos

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A beautiful engraved serigraph on natural wood with a very rare representation of Virgin Mary. The name Gerontissa was attributed to the picture after a miracle at the Holy Monastery of Pantocratoros at Mount Athos.

 

Origin: Kerasia, Mount Athos

Dimensions: 30 x 15 x 2 cm

 

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Engraved Serigraph with Virgin Mary Gerontissa

This is an engraved serigraph with a very rare representation of Virgin Mary. The name Gerontissa was attributed to the picture after a miracle at the Holy Monastery of Pantocratoros at Mount Athos. The tradition says that the old abbot of the monastery counted the last hours of his earthly life. By divine revelation, he experienced his end and wanted to communion at a particular day. So he begged the monk priest to shorten the Divine Liturgy, to prevent communion.

The monk, however, did not obey and continued to operate slowly. Suddenly, the voice of Virgin Mary was heard by the icon, which prompted the monk to finish the Divine Liturgy quickly, so that the abbot could prevent communion. As soon as the elder abbot received the communion he was asleep and because of this incident, the image acquired the name «Gerontissa», which means «elder woman».

Engraved Serigraph: Characteristics

A beautiful engraved serigraph on natural wood. Serigraph is a common technique in iconography and as a result is being taught and used in many iconography workshops including the ones at Mount Athos. At iconographies that are made with this particular technique monks are using modern and traditional methods, which means that the iconographer creates a part of the icon by hand and with less participation of technology.

This icon is crafted with excellent materials on natural wood so it remains intact and with bright colours. The iconographer uses shiny background in gold colour highlighting the forms and the characteristics of the saints and giving visually a polished type effect. Engraved icons incorporates a special technique something that gives the icon an excellent aesthetic style.

 

Origin: Kerasia, Mount Athos

Dimensions: 30 x 15 x 2 cm

 

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Weight0.6 kg

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