Orthodox icon | Christ Pantocrator | Silver oklad | 24916

Russian icon
6.7 x 5.5 cm | 2.6 x 2.2 in
End of the 19th century

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 commandment I give you…”.

On the halo: “Lord Almighty”.

Silver oklad, hallmarked 84. Silver B.C


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