The icon of St. John Damascene has beautiful colors and the mounting is of excellent quality wood as all the Uncut Mountain icons are, but the reason I bought this icon is because of the scroll that St. John is holding: "Sailing amid the tumult of the cares of life, I founder with the ship of sin and am cast to the soul destroying beast, yet like Jonah I cry to Thee, O Christ." Each day when I venerate my icon I read this scroll to remind myself that no matter what troubles and worries the day brings I need to cry out to the Lord instead of tackling problems by my own efforts.
This icon is as it appears. The quality is good and colors and text are crisp. It is a very beloved addition to our home.