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The term icon (Iconology/Icons/Iconicity) comes from the Greek word εἰκών and has the ordinary sense of image. In Christian context the category of icon/image comprises mosaics and frescoes on church walls, paintings on wooden panels, figures in metalwork, and embroidery. The topic of the pres…

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Tollefsen, Torstein Theodor, “Iconoclasm”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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