Painted wood icon. Front is badly scratched. Areas of image are chipped or missing. half inch diameter hole through the wood near the top right. Back has two, one and one quarter inch horizontal strips missing, a sticker label with greek writing, some greek written on wood , a nail with string attached for hanging. The icon depicts a man with a big red and golden crown. His hair is covered in a fabric that is draped around his shoulders. He is wearing a red cloak with golden floral detail over a black or blue robe. In his right hand he is holding three crosses and in his left hand he is holding a scroll with Greek writing on it. There is a circle outlined in red around his head. On the top left side of the icon, there is a small circle with a depiction of Jesus' head with a cross behind him. The picture is outlined in red on all sides byt the bottom. There is more Greek writing at the top.
In icons, people who are depicted holding crosses are martyrs. Scrolls show that the person depicted has holy wisdom, and is commonly used for the Apostles or prophets in the Old Testament.
The donor's father, Aristotle, came to America from Greece in 1903 and worked many jobs in New York and Ohio, until he settled in Chicago Heights, IL. He founded a small retail general store in 1907 selling ready to wear and specialized in the sale of fabrics. He is reputed to be the first Greek in this business in the U.S.A. His business prospered and he became very active in the church and other community activities in America and in Greece. For his many good services and contributions he was awarded the title of Grand Crusader of the Order of the Orthodox Crusaders of the Holy Sepulcher by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Damianos II.
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Icon, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/6350. Accessed 01/19/21.