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« on: September 08, 2011, 12:57:17 AM »

So i finally got some icons so I could set up an icon corner.  I got an icon of Christ, Theotokos, and a crucifix.  I will eventually add more.

My question is that I bought this Theotokos icon that stood out to me.  Im not sure why exactly I was drawn to this one in particular.  Maybe because its older looking and I like the way it looks, even though its not the 'neatest' and 'prettiest' one out there.

I tried to look it up but I cant find any information about it.  The only place I can locate it online is the store of the monastery it came from. (Paracletos in south carolina) It doesnt have any information about it.  Can anyone tell me where its from or how old it is?  Not that it matters really, but Im curious!

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 04:04:01 AM »

The icon is of the Odighitria type (Directress, She who shows the Way), of the subtype Enthroned. It is a lovely and very well-painted example of Cretan School iconography (before this school's work degenerated into imitations of Renaissance art), which would date it to around the mid-to-late 16th century. As far as a specific "name" (descriptive, geographic, etc) for this icon, I can't help at present, as the inscription seems to have been obliterated.
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 06:18:52 AM »

That is a beautiful icon.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011, 10:54:08 AM »

Thanks guys.  I literally can not find another picture of it online anywhere.  i can find similar ones that this is based off of (or they are based off this one...), but not the exact one.  while mine is definitely the same icon, the colors on mine are a little sharper, and you can also still barely see the halos on their heads. 

either way, i love it!
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