Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing (Glykofilousa) -Icon on naturally aged wood | Mount Athos

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Discover a unique artwork depicting Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing that has been crafted on naturally aged wood. The hagiographer – Monk who created it paid special attention to detail with regards to the garments and the elaborate halo of the composition.


Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 19,5 x 23,5 x 2 cm

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Icon with Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing on naturally aged wood

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. The originality of this image lies on the fact that it is one of the icons that survived from the iconoclasm and were miraculously transferred to Mount Athos.

This unique work of Byzantine art was crafted with the utmost fidelity on naturally aged wood from Mount Athos. The hagiographer – monk, has made this magnificent work while paying special attention to detail!

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 Heaven!

Mount Athos monks try to use everything around them. So during renovation works they are keeping the old pieces of wood and they are turning them into these excellent works of art. On the back side of the icon of Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing two parallel cross – beams have been placed to support the image as well as a leather hook.

Woods that used to be supporting beams in the past are now used for the creation of these collectible icons. They continue to carry the Athonite blessing of Mount Athos since they come straight from this holy place.

Thanks to Mount Athos Exhibition, these collectible icons can be a great present for our friends and relatives.


Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 19,5 x 23,5 x 2 cm

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Weight0.67 kg


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