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

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This is an authentic Athonite icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Glykofilousa on naturally aged wood from a cell at Mount Athos. The wood came from a renovated cell and monks decided to cut it and reuse it at their works of art.

 

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: 20 x 25 x 2 cm

 

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Icon with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa on Naturally Aged Wood

This icon has the representation of Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing (Glykofilousa) which is always close to the face of her child. We can see that Christ is nesting inside her arms and His look turns to Virgin Mary while She turns her look to Jesus. The original icon of Virgin Mary Glykofilousa was the property of Victoria, wife of the eikonomachos 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, who had been warned of its advent by a revelation of the Theotokos. At the point on the shore where they placed the icon, holy water gushed out. 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

At this particular icon the iconographer monk used as a base a piece of wood that has long history. The cracks at the surface of the wood confirms its age and the fact that for many years it was part of a door or a ceiling beam or even part of the furnishings in a cell at Mount Athos. When some of these objects had to be replaced the monks, with absolute respect, kept the old pieces of the wood and after the required maintenance they reuse them as a base for these beautiful icons. They are cutting and processing the wood with excellent techniques so they can use it later for their artworks. Renovation works are necessary at many cells so they can remain in good condition and monks can continue to live there.

 

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: 20 x 25 x 2 cm

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Weight0.62 kg
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