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Small Russian Icon - Christ Pantocrator in gilt silver revetment cover

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 remained a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. 

Christ is depicted half-length, holding the Gospels in his left hand and making the blessing gesture with his right. The Gospels are opened on John 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

Additional Info

  • ID#: 1354-22-134-SP2
  • Size: 5 1/4 x 4 1/3 inches (13 x 11 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1908-1917
  • Origin: Moscow, Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood under a gilt silver cover
  • Price: $525
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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