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Icon painted in egg-tempera and gold leaf on wood; set in a carved wooden frame, partly openwork. Subject: 25 scenes taken from or related to the Akathistos Hymn. At top, the Virgin and Child flanked by two angels with, in the field, two buildings, ladder, lamp, lily and rose. Below, in six registers of four, twenty-four scenes, from top left: Annunciation to the Virgin repeated three times, Doctrine of the Virginal Conception, Visitation, interview of Joseph with the Virgin, Nativity, Journey of the Magi, Adoration of the Magi, return of the Magi to their own country, Flight into Egypt, Presentation in the Temple, Christ teaching the Doctors, three women and seated Virgin and Child, Christ and the Trinity, Christ adored by angels, Virgin and Child with five orators, Anastasis, Virgin and standing figures, an icon of Christ, Virgin and Child before a cavern, Christ tearing the Bill of Costs, author of the hymn before the Virgin and Child, celebration of an icon of the Virgin and Child.
- Made in: Greece (?)
- Found/Acquired: Thera (?)
- Height: 578 millimetres (including frame)
- Width: 390 millimetres (including frame)
See: M. Adey, "An icon illustrating a Greek Hymn", Burlington Magazine,34,1919, pp. 45-55; An Exhibition of Icons. 24th April - 10th June 1962. Temple Gallery, no. 10.
2003 examination: crack running from centre top of frame, well into the painted surface of the icon. Deep cracks in bottom of frame. Frame very dirty.
- Associated Event: Akathistos Hymn
- Associated Event: Doctrine of Virginal Conception
Purchased by Mr C.J. Hope-Johnstone during 1917 whilst on Foreign Office duty on the island of Scio
Prehistory and Europe
- IC 23 (Icon Collection number)
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Object reference number: MCB4348
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