Saint Paul of Thebes Desert saint and Anchorite - Original Byzantine Icon Painted by hand Hancarved Fir wood board 5x7 inches

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Saint Paul opf Thebes considered to be the first Hermit (or the first monk according to St Anthony the Great) painted by hand with egg tempera in a thick piece of wood made by fir that was carved by hand to create a border

The flat surface was specially prepared with gesso for eggtempera After painting, the icon is varnished and the wooden border were first prepared with organic varnishes and dyes and the varnished again with resin varnish to seal the colors and produce an artwork that will last.

Size 13x18cm and is 15mm thick in its thinest (or approx 20 mm thick)

The name of the Saint is written on the sides in Greek. (Aghioos Pavlos o Thivaios)

Additionally the icon comes tenderly protected in its individual bag, together with its instructions how to care for it, a little sachet of herbs from our garden in Crete -and our custom icon favors - Ready to be used as a gift