Our Lady of the Sign (Platytera) – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood – Mount Athos

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An excellent icon with the representation of Our Lady of the Sign or else Platytera placed on wood of natural aging. The wood comes from a restored cell of 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: 30 x 25 x 2,5 cm

 

 

Description

Icon with Our Lady of the Sign (Platytera) on Naturally Aged Wood

A beautiful serigraph with the representation of Our Lady of the Sign or else Platytera on naturally aged wood from a cell at Mount Athos. Is an icon of Virgin Mary, facing the viewer directly, usually depicted full length or enthroned, and with the image of Christ as a child in front of her chest, also facing the viewer directly.

Sometimes the image of Christ is contained within a medallion. Poetically, by containing the Creator of the Universe in her womb, Mary has become «Platytera ton ouranon», which means: «More spacious than the heavens». This type is sometimes called the «Virgin of the Sign» or «Our Lady of the Sign», a reference to Isaiah: «Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel».

Blessed Wood that Came Out of Paradise

The wood at this icon has been carefully cut and preserved by monks with excellent techniques on processing wood. This piece of naturally aged wood was part of a ceiling beam but when monks renovated the cell and replaced the beam, they thought that these pieces of wood could be used to make beautiful artworks. On the front of this icon they placed the canvas with the representation of Our Lady of the Sign. On the back side of the icon two parallel cross – beams have been placed to support the image as well as a leather hook. On Mount Athos there are dozens of cells and many of them are located there for centuries.

 

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: 30 x 25 x 2,5 cm

 

 

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Weight 1.02 kg

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