Orthodox icon | Christ Pantocrator | Silver oklad | 24887

Russian icon

Silver oklad

hallmarked Moscow 1877

26.5 x 21.5 cm | 10.4 x 8.5 in

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


The depiction of Christ Pantocrator, the “Almighty“ or “all-powerful”” is considered the archetype of all icons. Through the Incarnation, Christ himself is the word and the image, the word of inexpressible mysteries and the image of the invisible God. At the Council of Nicea in 325 it was affirmed that Christ is the visible and perfect image of the Father. The image of the Pantocrator becomes a symbol of the iconoclast in the Byzantine Church. John of Damascus, among others, defended the portrayal. In the Western Church there is a similar motif, more reminiscent of secular rulers, the Majestas Domini (“Glory of the Lord”).

On the icon Christ is shown blessing, with the open Gospel: “A new command I give you: Love one another…” (John 13:34).

Silver oklad. Hallmarked 84 silver. Moscow 1877. Assayer: B.C Viktor Savinkov (1855-1888).

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