St Paul of Thebes Abba Pola -byzantine icon of the first Hermit- Desert saints and Fathers ascetic tradition painting and icons

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The very first Hermit, St Paul of Thebes (pr abba Pola as mty friends in Egypt call them) the very first hermit, dressed in a straw garment, being fed with a half loaf of brough brought to him by a crow

The icon measures approximately 22x28 cm and is 10 mm  thick.

Very few colors dominate this piece painted with eggtempera. The copper gold on the background will eventually create an antique patina, - like the one we see in old icons. Shellac and resin varnish are added on top to seal the colours and produce an icon that will last.

Additionally the icon comes tenderly protected in its individual handmade felt bag, together with some instructions how to care for it, a little sachet of herbs from our garden in Crete -and our typical icon favours - Ready to be given as a gift.