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Virgin Mary Paramythia – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood

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A serigraph with Virgin Mary Paramythia on naturally aged wood. According to tradition the original facial expressions and posture of Virgin Mary and Jesus changed after a miracle.

 

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: 18 x 25,5 x 2 cm

Origin: Mount Athos

 

 

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Serigraph with Virgin Mary Paramythia on Naturally Aged Wood

A serigraph with Virgin Mary Paramythia. According to tradition the original facial expressions and posture of Virgin Mary Paramythia the Mother of God changed after a miracle. The year 807 AD and while the abbot of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi  was inside the temple, he suddenly heard the voice of Virgin Mary who was telling him: «Do not open the gates of the monastery today, but climb on the walls and get rid of the pirates”».

Surprised the abbot noticed that the face of Virgin Mary came alive while Jesus raised his right hand and tried to cover with it the mouth of Virgin Mary by saying: «No my mother, punish them because they deserve it». But Virgin Mary grasped the hand of her Son. By turning her head, in order to free her lips, she repeated the same words. This latter formation of the faces remained permanently in the icon. The monks, after being miraculously saved by the pirates, thanked Virgin Mary. They named the icon Paramythia, which means alleviation or mitigation, concepts that equally attribute the occurrence of a miracle.

Blessed Wood that Came out of Paradise

The naturally aged wood that was used at that icon with the representation of Virgin Mary 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: 18 x 25,5 x 2 cm

Origin: Mount Athos

 

 

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Weight 0.458 kg

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