Rare icon of the Mother of God Prodromita, Mount Athos, end of 19th c., 32,8 x 26 cm // Below inscribed: LUCRATA AN CHINOVIUL ROMAN. PRODROMUL. M. ATHOS';. The icon shows the Mother of God Prodromita. It originated in the Skiti Prodromul, a monastic village belonging to the Great Lawra Monastery. As the name suggests, the Skiti is dedicated to St. John. The monastery is located in the southeast of the Athos Peninsula. Every year, thousands of pilgrims hope that the miraculous icon will be used to cure incurable diseases. The legend tells the following about the miraculous, not-made-by-hands-icon, which is said to have been made in 1863 by a monk Iordache Nicolau as a picture of the Virgin Mary: Iordache Nicolau is said not to have been able to complete the face of the Blessed Mother, because his hand trembled as soon as he approached the icon. But the icon completed itself after the monk withdrew to repent of his sins.