A ceramic Byzantine bread stamp, 500-900, which, when pressed into a loaf of dough, would leave the mark 'Jesus Christ Victorious'; it would hav been used to make the consecrated bread of the Eucharist. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Stabbed Icon of Panagia Esfagmeni at Vatopaidi Monastery *** It is told of this 14th century icon that it was damaged by the knife of a malcontent deacon-monk.From the wound which he inflicted, blood flowed and the face of the Virgin is said to have turned pale. The deacon was immediately blinded and fell to the ground, beating himself and driven out of his senses. He remained in this state for three years until Theotokos cured him, but his sacrilegious hand stayed black for ever.