Instituto Ellenico Di Studi Bizantini Di Venezia
The icon’s circular bands portray events from the life of Mary celebrated in the hymn. The two horizontal rows at bottom depict biblical figures and saints. Among them are Moses (holding the Tablets of the Law at bottom, left of center), Jacob and his ladder (fourth to the left of Moses), Daniel with a lion at his feet (left of Jacob) and Jonah with a gourd growing in front of him (second to the left of Daniel). Directly above Moses, in the top horizontal row, stands David with his lyre. At center of that row is a highly stylized Temple of Jerusalem.