The Mandylion


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The Mandylion

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Icon nb 30

Size : 30 x 23 cm.

Lime board

Gilded halo. Egg tempera.


Called "Acheiropoietos", meaning: "Not made by hand", this icon, according to the tradition brought back by Nicephore Caliste, refers to the original picture which was sent by Christ Himself to the king Abgar V Oukhama, the prince of Osroeme, whose capital was Edesse. King Abgar V being leprous, asked his archivist Hannan to bring Christ to him. As Christ was not able to move, Hannan tried, but in vain, to carry out the portrait of Jesus. Then Christ himself took a linen and applied it to his face. The face of the Lord was printed on the linen. This linen is called Mandylion, which means "handkerchief". When King Abgar saw the Mandylion, he cured.

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