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Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing (Glykofilousa) – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood | Mount Athos

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A great icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Glykofilousa or Sweet Kissing. This is an icon on naturally aged wood from a restored cell at Mount Athos.

 

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 23 x 2 cm

 

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Icon with Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing on Naturally Aged Wood

Virgin Mary Glykofilousa, «Sweet-kissing» or «Loving Kindness» icon depicts Virgin Mary caressing her son, so that they appear to be kissing. In the Byzantine representations, the Child caresses her cheek while she appears sad, seemingly contemplating his coming Passion. Like Panagia Portaitissa, the icon with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa is one of the icons saved from the Iconoclastic Controversy and brought miraculously to Athos.

It was the property of Victoria, the devout wife of senator Symeon, who, in order to save it she threw it into the sea. The icon reached the arsanas of the Monastery of Philotheou, where it was received with great honour.  At the point on the shore where they placed the icon, holy water gushed out. There each year on the Monday of the Diakainisimou Week, there is a procession and blessing with holy water.

Blessed Wood that Came out of Paradise

The wood that was used at this icon came from a renovated cell at Mount Athos and it has been carefully cut and preserved by monks with excellent techniques on processing wood. At Mount Athos there are dozens of cells and many of them are located there for centuries.

Woods that used to be supporting beams in the past are now used for the creation of these collectible icons and they continue to carry the blessings of monks from Mount Athos. Renovation works are necessary to remain in good condition so monks can continue to live there. Every part of these cells is connected with the monks who lived there and carries within blessings and prayers from many years ago.

 

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 23 x 2 cm

 

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Weight0.62 kg

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