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Russian Icon - Christ Pantocrator

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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 labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

The chasted gilt silver revetment cover and halo are hallmarked with 84 zolotniks (875/100) silver purity stamp dating to 1908-1917 and workmaster's initials AC for Moscow master Alexander Sparyshkin

Additional Info

  • ID#: 72-1009-012-035-SP1
  • Size: 10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches (26 x 22 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1908-1917
  • Origin: Moscow, Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood under gilt silver revetment cover
  • Price: $1,200
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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