Christ Pantokrator of Mt. Sinai

Christ Pantokrator of Mt. Sinai

A unique Byzantine icon, handmade & handcarved by hagiographers on Mt. Athos, the Land of Orthodoxy. There, the monks who have dedicated their lives and their souls to God are creating monumental works of art, preserving the antique Byzantine art of hagiography.

This is the oldest known surviving example of the icon of Christ Pantocrator and was originally painted in encaustic on panel in the sixth or seventh century, and survived the period of destruction of images during the Iconoclastic disputes that twice racked the Eastern church, 726 to 787 and 814 to 842, by being preserved in the remote desert of the Sinai, in Saint Catherine's Monastery. The two different facial expressions on either side emphasize Christ's two natures as fully God and fully human.

The icon is handmade to order, it bears the Seal of Authenticity on the back and is signed and numbered by the artist.


Hand painted on wood & 24k gold leaf
30 cm x 54 cm (12 in. x 21 in.)

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