An icon of the Eleousa Mother of God, Crete, early 16th century

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An icon of the Eleousa Mother of God, Crete, early 16th century in all probability this 16th century oval panel of the Eleousa Mother of God was originally rectangular, and was cut down at a later date to fit into its oval frame. Against a gold ground, the Mother of God is portrayed half-length. The Virgin is dressed in a deep blue chiton and a purple maphorion (mantle), the fringes and the hems of her garment rendered in gold. Christ is dressed in a green chiton and an ochre himation highlighted with chrysography. A bright red band is wrapped around his waist. He has put his right hand into his mother’s and holds a closed scroll in his left hand. 20.5 by 16cm, 7⅞by 6 5/16 in. excluding frame 29 by 24cm, 11 7/16 by 9 7/16 in. including frame