AN ELABORATE GREEK ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD OF THE LIFE-GIVING SOURCE

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Probably Consianlinopk, 18 th century, The Virgin shown sat within a cruciform fountain holding the infant Christ, flanked by cloud-borne angels, beyond are shown ranks of pilgrims, whilst in the foreground invalids are being administered the healing waters whilst another has a devil driven from him, painted on a gold ground, and within an elaborate gilt-wood surround carved with rococo scrolling and flowers, the top portion with two angels supporting a crown above a cartouche painted with the Holy Spirit in the form of the Dove. *On the Friday following Easter Sunday there is a special feast for 'Zoodokhos Pigi' celebrating The Virgin as The Fountain of Life. For a study of icons ofThe Life Giving Source, see 'The Fountain of Life by Charles Talbot, Bulletin of the Hisiory of Medicine, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, Jan.­Feb. 1957, illustrating a comparable 18th century icon in the collection of The Wellcome Medical Museum, London. The most famous shrine of the Zoodokhos Pigi is situated just outside the walls of Constantinople.