Virgin Mary of Iveron (Iverskaya, Panagia Portaitissa), gold foil wooden panel Icon with the Cross on the Back Side
Measures: 3" (H) x 2" (W), thickness of wood: 3/8"
The Panagia Portaitissa also known as the Iveron Theotokos or Iverskaya in Russian, is an Eastern Orthodox icon
of the Virgin Mary in the Georgian Iveron monastery on Mount Athos in Greece.
The original icon to the Iveron Monastery appeared on Mount Athos (Greece) in 999AD. During the 9th Century Iconoclastic controversy the faithful of Nicea put the icon into the sea to preserve it from destruction. The icon was found as a flaming image floating in the Marmara Sea near Mount Athos. The Mother of God
appeared to an old Georgian monk named Gabriel living on Mount Athos telling him to walk on the waves to retrieve the icon. The monk obeyed and took the icon to his monastery, the Georgian monastery of the Iberians.