St Olympias the Deaconess - Greek saint Olympia -miniature Carry on icon, hand painted keepsake made in Greece


St Olympias/ Olympia a deaconess and a wealthy noble woman that was a close friend and avid supporter of St John the Chrysostom

This mini  icon is part of a whole series I want to complete, representing saints with Greek origin or names. I ve worked on small pieces to paint miniature carry-on icons that would make a very personal, very delicate - jewel like- gift.

The icon is light and small. It measures  approx 5x9 in size and is 4 mm thick. A golden  background made of copper gold. The name of the Saint is written on the sides in Greek byzantine characters- On the back  our signature stamp: Eka /Eri

Each of our icons is drawn, as faithfully as possible, to the old byzantine art of iconography. This technique is using several layers of eggtempera (a mixture of poweder pigments with egg yolk and vinegar) on a specially treated with plaster wooden panel. After the painting phase is finished, the icon is applied with shellac  and then varnished  and finally dried for several days to last for the generations to come.

<3 Gift Wrapping: The icon is complemented with its own, also handmade, felt bag and some extras mini souvenirs from our shop- Very suitable for a very personal and unique gift.