- a simple, carved image, especially one in which the original block of stone or wood is readily apparent.
Origin of xoanon
1700–10; < Greek xóanon carved image; akin to xeîn to scrape, carve
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The want of definition in the faces is evident from the statement that some xoana had closed eyes.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
There were also rude idols of him in wood (xoana), in which the human form was scarcely recognizable.
- a primitive image of a god, carved, esp originally, in wood, and supposed to have fallen from heaven
Word Origin for xoanon
C18: from Greek, from xuō to scrape, smooth
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