Monday, July 24, 2006

Virgin of Konevez

The major composition of this icon is “Odigitria”. However, baby Jesus is slightly turned to the opposite side from the Virgin. He holds a script in his hand and a pigeon on his knees. According to the Moses’ law, pigeon is a “clean” bird. It was used for holy sacrificing and symbolized Jesus Christ as a victim giving his life for peoples sins. The very first icon with this name had been seen at the end of 14th century. St Arseniy had brought it as a blessedness for a construction of the Bogorodich monastery.
Each side of the icon depicts the birth of Virgin, Holy Trinity, Emmanuel the Savior at the throne with his people.


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