The beeswax icon is hand-carved with great attention to details. Thanks to the addition of incense during the manufacturing process the icon exudes a light aroma, which is firmly associated in our minds with the calming atmosphere of church rooms.
This icon of the Theotokos Athonitissa depicts the Mother of God as the protectress of the Holy Mountain. She is depicted wearing the vestments of an Abbess while standing atop Mount Athos. At her feet can be seen all of the monasteries of the Holy Mountain, while to her left and right are depicted several of the countless Saints of Athos.
The Church celebrates this icon on the 28th of August.