Dozens of icons that adorn the showcases but also the warehouses of the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Icons, religious relics, objects, clothes, documents, all carry their history which most often runs through the centuries. At the website of the museum one can see all the collections, even those located in the warehouses, allowing the scholar or anyone interested to discover the wealth of approximately 3,000 works with a variety of iconographic themes which make up one of the most important collections of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons from all over Greece, Asia Minor, the Balkans and Russia.
The Theotokos Glykofiloussa ("Episkepsis"), which dates from the end of the 13th century, belongs to the iconographic type of the mother with infant Jesus, with their cheeks touching, which emphasizes the role of the mother of Jesus Christ but and at the same time the role of the mother of all the people who seek protection. The icon is made with the mosaic technique. The icon must have been processed during litanies and religious celebrations due to the notch which can be seen in the middle of the icon’s frame into which a pole was fitted for the procession, while the rest of the year it must have been kept in the church. The icon belonged to the private collection, coming from the Church of Agios Vasileios, from Triglia of Bithynia, in Asia Minor.