Virgin Mary "The Softener of Evil Hearts" (Seven-Swords), wood framed icon
with crystals and protective glass to keep this wonderful piece intact for years. It has a hook on a back side.
The "Softener of Evil Hearts" icon is also called the "Prophecy of Simon" (or Simons Prophecy) since St Symeon said to Mary, upon the presentation of Our Lord
in the temple.
The Theotokos is depicted in this icon with her heart pierced by seven swords; a symbolic number possibly indicating the the fullness and boundless sorrow, pain and "sickness of heart" that would have been experienced by the Mother of God
at His crucifixion.
Three of the swords enter her heart from the left, three swords enter from the right and one sword from underneath.
This icon is very similar to the Seven Swords icon and they differ only in the arrangement of the swords.
SIZE: 8 1/4" x 7 1/4" , thickness of the icon with the frame 1"