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Virgin Mary Glykofilousa – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood | Mount Athos

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The special characteristic of this icon, with the representation of Virgin Mary Glykofilousa, is the naturally aged wood the monk used which comes from a renovated cell.

 

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: 32 x 24 x 2 cm

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Icon with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa on Naturally Aged Wood

It is known that the original icon of Virgin Mary Glykofilousa was property of Victoria, wife of the senator Symeon, who, in order to save it threw it into the sea. The icon, floating upright on the waves, reached the arsanas of the Monastery of Philotheou, where it was received with great honour and rejoicing by the Abbot and fathers of the Monastery. At the point on the shore where they placed the icon, holy water gushed out.

The face of Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing (Glykofilousa) is always close to the face of her child. Christ is nesting inside her arms. His look turns to Virgin Mary while She turns her look to Jesus. Virgin Mary is Known by many different epithets that has been given to Her through the history of Orthodox Church. One of these names is Glykofilousa which means Sweet Kissing.

Blessed Wood that Came out of Paradise

This naturally aged wood that was used at the icon of Virgin Mary Glykofilousa 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.

The old wood has been carefully cut and preserved by monks with excellent techniques on processing wood. On the front they placed the canvas with the representation of Virgin Mary. On the back side of the icon two parallel cross – beams have been placed to support the image as well as a leather hook. This icon can be a great gift for our loved ones.

 

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: 32 x 24 x 2 cm

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Weight1.04 kg
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