Russian icon | Christ Pantocrator (with enamel oklad)

Icon: Christ Pantocrator (with enamel oklad) B-21

Russia, circa 1700
Tempera on wood, 9.7 x 9.4 cm

Collection Alexandre Djanchieff, Paris
Morsink Icon Gallery, Amsterdam
ALR Ref. No.: S00153452

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The image of Christ Pantocrator (Christ Almighty) is one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church. Christ is depicted from his waist up, holding the open Book of Gospels in his left hand and making a gesture of blessing with his other hand. The Church Slavonic text in the book reads: ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’ (Mathew 11, 28). Christ wears a red undergarment (chiton), symbol of his divine nature, and a blue mantle (himation), symbol of his human nature.