This is a fragment/part of a bigger synthesis this Deposition on carved wood. The name of the icon is of Apokathilosis (deposition from the cross) or Epitaphios (lamentation) icon. I cannot look at this icon without remembering one of the saddest of psalms: “Oh, my sweet spring time, my sweetest child, where has your beauty set?” .
On this piece that is ainted with egg tempera on a window shaped panel carved by hand:
- The Christogram (IC XC- Iesous Christos) as well as the word Depiction (“Apokathilosis”) are written in byzantine Greek with red egg tempera.
- The being- “O On” is also written inside a cross that divides the Lord’s Halo.
- On top of the Cross the scroll reads as: “O Vasileys tis doxis” (The King of Glory). This is the inscription following the orthodox tradition.
- Copper gold is covering the back ground. Shellac was the first protective layer. Resin varnish was finally added on the top to seal the colors.
- The back and sides of the wood are painted with organic dye.
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