U483 Byzantine Icon Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing Wooden Icon Wall Hanging and Comes With its Stand - Gold Foil - Made in Ukraine 12"x8"

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thickness of wood about 1/2 inch

12 inch tall

8 inch wide


the Healer the female physician

The Virgin is pictured with the Christ Child in a playful gesture with his Mother. The Virgin is referred to as the “healer” and as the “female physician.” The icon was given to a midwife who was very devout in her devotion to the Mother of God. The midwife died shortly after receiving the icon. A church was built in honor of the icon in Loutraki.

The monastery there became a center of pilgrimage where many wonderous healings took place. The Virgin here is honored for her devotion to Christ and to his disciples after the Resurrection