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Russian Icon - Christ Pantocrator with 3 Border Saints

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.

The Border saints are: St. Basil the Great, St. Princess Olga and St. Alexius Man of God. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 118-104-092-SP7-7
  • Size: 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in (35 x 31 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gilt, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price: $950
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