Just as wooden icons became more prevalent in later centuries of the Russian Orthodox Church, carved stone icons became quite common in the Byzantine world between the years 1000-1500.  Here are a few beautiful examples of those early stone icons.
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Carved Byzantine icon of Saint-Michael in steatite.  The goldleaf adds a nice touch.  Maybe I should try it.  

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Carved byzantine Icon of St-Nicholas in steatite. 

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Carved byzantine icon of St-Demetrius in steatite. 

 


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