Virgin Mary and Child Jesus Christ icon enclosed in hand wood-carved casing. This is a very detailed and colorful hand painted and hand crafted icon of Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ as child, done in an authentic Byzantine Christian religious traditions. The icon is composed on a traditional thick and heavy high quality durable solid wood. After completing the painting of the drawing to the panel, several layers of bole (burnishing clay) are applied to the background to prepare them for the receiving of 24K Gold Leaf. After gilding, gold is burnished using agate burnisher or, for a varied effect can be finished with so-called water matte method. Then the base is covered with a layer of batiste or canvas and several layers of gesso made from rabbit skin glue and powdered marble. The result is a truly spectacular masterpiece, aged to look like it came from Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Byzantine Empire at the height of its power some 1000 years ago. size of the icon only: 16″ (40 cm) high, 12″ (30 cm) wide and 1.4″ (3.5 cm) thick. Total height of the woodcarved casing about 32″ (80 cm). Wood-carved casing sold separately: $1,990 This is NOT an ordinary icon (such as those offered by most internet store, mass produced and cheaply made), and it is NOT an ordinary painting! Only few masters in the world still carry on this about 1,500 years old tradition and are capable of producing such masterpieces, handmade and hand painted in an authentic Byzantine traditional technique. Think of it as like getting a large 24k Gold painting: it is expensive to make, the wood is heavy and much more difficult to handle then simple light oil canvas, and it is extremely complicated to create and age. The result, however, is a timeless investment set to be enjoyed by many generations of your family. This icon is also available in sizes – Please select from the pull-down menu your choice of size and then click the “Order Now” button.