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Theotokos "Portaitissa" Signature Icon

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This beautiful, crisp icon was painted in the 18th century. Also known as the Theotokos of Iviron, it is a subgenre of "the Guide" family of icons, with the Theotokos directing the viewer to her Son. What makes the "Portraitissa" icon unique is the bloody scar on the Virgin's face. According to tradition, an icon was stabbed by a soldier during the Byzantine iconoclasm, and the icon mystically began to bleed. This became a characteristc detail sometimes added afterwards as a testament to the principle of iconography—that honor (or indeed, dishonor) shown to the icon is transmitted to the prototype, the person depicted within it.

The image is printed on one of the the very finest archival paper stocks in the world, using museum quality pigments guaranteed not to fade.

The board is made from characteristically streaked Ambrosia Maple with Red Cedar cross-slats. The bottom border features a beautiful pattern with flowers and Jerusalem crosses. Overall size is approximately 8x13 inches.

Every one-of-a-kind Signature Icon comes with a numbered certificate describing the icon and how it was made.

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