Icon, Greek pilgrims icon depicting the relics of Saint Spiridon - Wood - 19th century

Description
Icon, Greek pilgrims icon depicting the relics of Saint Spiridon - Wood - 19th century
Greece

Greek pilgrims icon depicting the relics of Saint Spiridon ( Greece 270-348 AD) bishop of Trimithous. Saint Spiridon was originally a shepherd and a married man, but when he became a widow he entered a monastry and was chosen to be a bishop for his great piety. As bishop he attended the first oecumenical council of Nicea in 325 AD. He was martyred by the Roman's and soon christians started to venerate his relics. When the Turks occupied Greece his remains were exhumed and turned out not to be corrupted and spread a smell.like incense. The relics were transferred to Constantinopel and when this city fell to the Turks is 1453 the relics were brought to Corfu, were the are highly venerated. Every Palm Sunday there is a large procession in Corfu with the relics of St Spiridon. The icon is executed in egg tempera paint on levkas on a gold background. It is in good condition.

Lot details
Object
Greek pilgrims icon depicting the relics of Saint Spiridon, Icon
Material
Wood
Estimated Period
19th century
Country of Origin
Greece
Condition
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
Dimensions
14×11×1.5 cm
Weight
0.25 kg
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