The Mother of God Seven Arrows Medium Egg
|gold leaf, lacquer, wood
4.9'' (12.5 cm)
Stand - 1.2'' (3 cm)
The "Seven Arrows" Icon of the Mother of God depicts the Virgin's heart pierced by seven arrows. For a long time the icon was located at the bell tower stairway entrance of a church near Vologda, in honor of the Apostle John the Theologian. Since it was faced downwards, the icon was mistaken for an ordinary board and walked on. A cripple in the city nearby had a vision that he would receive healing after praying before this icon. A service was held before the newly-discovered icon, after which the sick man became well. The icon was glorified in 1830 during a cholera epidemic in Vologda. A beautiful and appropriate Easter gift!