Icon with Christ Pantocrator

Icon with Christ Pantokrator

Christ Pantokrator is showing with the gospel in his left hand and possibly a sign of blessing in the right

A Christian iconography depicts Jesus Christ, but is known in this piece as Christ Pantocrator which is a translation to a name of God in Judaism. This piece is one of the most iconic and common religious images of Orthodox Christianity. This is also one of the first images of Christ and one of the central icon’s of the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is the oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator. Christ is shown holding the New Testament of the bible in his left hand, while making a gesture (possibly a blessing) with his right hand. It is also quite possible that Christ is using his right hand as a sign of teaching. Christ is show with two different eyes or possibly two different facial expressions. This could mean that Christ has two different natures; one being he is God and the other being human. The piece itself is three dimensional as you can see the texture surround Christ. Despite how detailed it is, it is clearly in poor condition with chipped off pieces on the border along with dirt of some sort all-around. Around his head is a halo surround by greek symbols. There is a lot of detail in the face and especially the hair with the use of lining. It is a small piece measuring from two and a half inches by three quarter of an inch. The type of material used is mainly plaque, steatite, and talc and is of European and Greek origin.



“Icon with Christ Pantokrator | Byzantine | The Met.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I.e. The Met Museum, www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/466046.


Icon with Christ Pantocrator