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Russian Icon - Christ Pantocrator

Christ Pantocrator refers to a specific depiction of Christ. The most common translation of Pantocrator is "Almighty" or "All-powerful". In this understanding, Pantocrator is a compound word formed from the Greek words for "all" and the noun "strength" (κρατος). This is often understood in terms of potential power; i.e., ability to do anything, omnipotence. The iconic image of Christ Pantocrator was one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church and remains a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the half-length image, Christ holds the Gospels in his left hand and makes the gesture of blessing with his right.  The Gospels are opened on Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 144-046-098-SP6-85
  • Size: 13 x 9 1/2 in (33 x 24 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1890s
  • Origin: Central Russia, Old Believer's workshop
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: $750
  • Orthodox Cross
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