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Russian icon - Christ Pantocrator in gilt silver cover and kiot shadow frame

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Russian icon - Christ Pantocrator in gilt silver cover and kiot shadow frame

The icon is depicting Christ Pantocrator and is covered by an ornate gilt silver oklad revetment cover with a separately attached halo. The silver cover is hallmarked with clear assay marks for dated 1890 and the maker's initials СГ for a prolific Moscow's workmaster Semyon Galkin. The icon is contained in a glass-fronted wooden kiot shadow box and is in superb original condition with light signs of aging. 

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., the 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#: 15-RSIMIS-5
  • Size: Icon - 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (21.5 x 25.5 cm), kiot frame - 13 x 15 inches (33 x 38 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1890s
  • Origin: Moscow, Russia
  • Materials: Oil on gessoed wood, gilt silver, frame - wood, glass
  • Price: $2,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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