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JessicaH

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I acquired this a few months ago off of eBay.  It is hand painted and the seller stated it was purchased from an antique dealer in Brussels, Belgium.  While cleaning one day, I guess I cleaned too much and there was writing on the bottom right corner under the original paint layer.  Can someone please translate what this says.  Thank you.

http://s1028.photobucket.com/user/jessicah1/slideshow/Theotokos
 

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Can this be moved to a better forum for translation? Thanks
 

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It says "By the hand of Nik. [abbreviated longer name, could be any of several] Vranou."
 

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JessicaH said:
I acquired this a few months ago off of eBay.  It is hand painted and the seller stated it was purchased from an antique dealer in Brussels, Belgium.  While cleaning one day, I guess I cleaned too much and there was writing on the bottom right corner under the original paint layer.  Can someone please translate what this says.  Thank you.

http://s1028.photobucket.com/user/jessicah1/slideshow/Theotokos
It is most unlikely the icon is hand-painted, much less an antique. It's a mass-produced mounted print, with an "antique-look" coating of varnish or lacquer. Many Orthodox supply houses stock them.

There's nothing at all wrong with having or venerating such an icon, of course. Mounted prints are just as worthy of veneration as hand-painted icons. But there are those out there who use deceptive advertising.  :(
 

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Where would be a good place to get one, do you think?
 
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