Byzantine - Prilep-Slepche woodcarving school

It is named after the places where it appears (surroundings of Prilep – XV / XVI century) and spreads over the monasteries and churches in central Macedonia.

             It is basically a continuation of the Byzantine miniature of the V-VI century, especially of the X-XI century in stone, wood and bone. It is characterized with miniature icons of particular saints, plant and animal forms framed by shallow Byzantine ornamentation.

             Themes are selected from hagiographic literature and church poetry. In the sense of Psalm 150 “Let all that breathe praise God.”  The ornaments are cross-shaped with rectangular and circular elements emphasizing their eschatological symbolism.

Carvings examples of the Prilep-Slepcenschool

Examples of our Byzantine style carvings