A traditional ICON such as this is considered a window into the spiritual reality. What does it say about the little bush below Jesus? What other messages, signs and symbols are revealed through it? Even the materials of the ICON make it a sacrifice of all of the Domains of Nature to reveal the very Form of God, Our Lady and Their Saints! The Earliest ICONS of Jesus and Mary were made in the same encaustic manner as the Egyptian depictions of Serapis and Isis. There was a clear continuity in the Traditions. Of the early cCatholic Sacred Art depictions of Jesus and Mary, only a few have survived, because the Muslims conquered almost the entire region of the earliest Church and destroyed the ‘idols’ of Jesus, Mary, God the Father and the Saints and angels. Thus there is a vast amount of the sacred art from the earliest Era of the Church that is almost entirely missing. The small number of surviving early Icons of Jesus actually appear to have Vishnu Urdhva Tilaka on them. This mark was copied on Traditional Icons even up to 500 years ago.
The Catholic Church has been accused of destroying ‘pagan’ temples and destroying or collecting their ‘idols’, but what really happened was that the Iconoclastic (image-smashing) followers of M*hammed, destroyed both the Pagan and cCatholic sacred art, libraries, shrines and temples. This is why the great centers of early cCatholic Christianity, which were NOT conquered by the M*hammedans, ‘collected’ and protected the sacred art and literature of the ancient World. Rome was out of reach of the Muslims so that is where the Murtis of Apollo and Dionysos, Asclepios etc. eventually ended up, in the possession of the Catholics at the Vatican.
The Roman Church did not smash Holy Murtis and ‘steal’ them from the Eastern Mediterranean etc. it RESCUED them. The Church did not BURN Libraries it rescued them and preserved them. It was the monks in the scriptoriums of the cCatholic Church that copied and preserved the writings of antiquity, and it was the cCatholic Muse-Temples (Museums) that took-in the Murtis that had been rescued from sure destruction by the iconoclastic followers of M*hammed.