Our Lady’s coffin was in Jerusalem, in the Garden of Gethsemane, hence the second name of the icon is Gethsemane.
The icon is a revered ancient version, similar to the Iver icon. The main difference is that the Divine Infant sits on the right hand of the Virgin, and not on the left. Our Lady with Christ Child is painted half-length, looking with love at the Son, faced to her.
А mafory (scarf covering еthe head) falls freely from her head, representing a bright underside in cuffs. In the left hand of the Divine Infant there is a scroll, and His right hand is raised in blessing.
A Hodegetria (“She who shows the Way”), or Virgin Hodegetria, is an iconographic picture of the Virgin Mary, or Theotokos as they title her in the Eastern Orthodox Church, who holds the Christ Child at her side, pointing at Him as the only source of salvation. In the Western Church this iconographic topic is widely known as “Our Lady of the Way”.
The main meaning of the Virgin Hodegetria Icon lies in the phenomenon of the Heavenly King and the worship of the Divine Infant.
During Napoleon’s invasion in 1812, the icon was stolen from the Assumption Cathedral of Moscow and taken to France where it stays up today.
They pray the Virgin of Jerusalem Icon in sorrow, sadness and dejection, for the healing of blindness, eye diseases and paralysis, in the cholera epidemic, for getting rid of cattle plague, fire, in physical infirmity, as well as during the attack of enemies.
Its feast day is October 25.
Like the Church Icons plated with a gilded riza (a metal plating on an icon), the Icon of the Easter Egg is framed with a superimposed decorative pattern.
Each of the Eggs is unique because its components are hand-made and manually assembled. Thus there are no existing absolutely identical copies of any of the Easter Eggs offered to your attention.
According to the Russian Orthodox tradition, all of the products offered (icons, pectoral crosses, candles, church plate elements) are sanctified in the Temple by sprinkling with Holy water.