A hand carved mother of pearl "icon" from the early to mid Twentieth Century, skillfully carved and assembled by Christians in the Old Holy Land. Researching this icon I found that this mother of pearl craft was done by Eastern Orthodox Christians in Jerusalem and Bethlehem called "Melchites" I guess this is an example of a lost or dying art. I have seen the lovely mother of pearl jewellery from the same people or their descendents and I have also owned a magnificent mother of pearl covered table cross. This piece took my breath away. The details, the skillful carving, the old mother of pearl , which has so much more depth and quality that the modern variety. These lovely icons were made for pilgrims to the Holy Land to bring back from the Grand Tour, from the early 1830's right through to the mid Twentieth Century. This piece is probably from the first half of the Twentieth Century. The box is made of olive wood . It can be placed on a table or hung from a nail ( see back where wire is attached). The piece is in excellent condition. Everything is there , except for one piece of mother of pearl in the bottom left hand corner, which has been lost in time. The icon measures 10 & 3/4 inches high, 9 & 1/2 inches wide and 2 & 1/4 inches deep. I am offering free packing and tracked shipping with UPS for this wonderful icon.
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