The honour shown to the icon passes to the person(s) depicted. If I point to a statue of Caesar and ask you ‘Who is that?’, your answer would be, ‘It’s Caesar’. In saying so, you do not mean that the stone itself is Caesar, but rather that the name and honour you ascribe to the statue passes to the original, the archetype, Caesar himself. Just as with the holy icons within the orthodox christian faith.
Based on St. Basil the Great
An iconographer from Vatopaidi putting the finishing touches on an icon of St. George the Great.