Hagiography Christ Pantocrator (Sinai)

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Exact copy of the icon of the Christ Pantocrator of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai. Waxed icon, made using the method of hand silk-screen printing, with indelible colors and hand finished with pure beeswax. Crafted in a limited number.
Dimensions: 18x23cm

Description

Hagiography Christ Pantocrator (Sinai) made by Father Pefkis – Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy

Hagiography Christ Pantocrator (Sinai) is a collected edition. It is a waxed icon from the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine on Mount Sinai. An exact replica on canvas, made using the method of hand silk-screen printing, with indelible colors and hand finished with pure beeswax. Crafted in a limited number with the approval and blessing of His Eminence Archbishop of Sinai, Damianos.

Hagiography Christ Pantocrator (Sinai): Technique

Hagiography Christ Pantocrator (Sinai) is an exact copy of the strict Byzantine style (Cretan School-Theofanis). It is created by Father Pefkis, qualified hagiographer of the Athoniada Ecclesiastical Academy on Mount Athos, with the genuine traditional colors with gold sheets on canvas on aged wood.

The Genuine Hagiography Christ Pantocrator (Sinai)

Christ Pantocrator of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai,  is one of the oldest Byzantine religious icons, dating from the sixth century CE. It is the earliest known version of the Pantocrator style that still survives today. It’s regarded by historians and scholars to be one of the most important and recognizable works in the study of Byzantine art as well as Orthodox Christianity.

For a time the icon was thought to have been dated from the thirteenth century, since it had been almost completely painted over at that time. But, it was only concluded in 1962 that it is in fact from the mid-sixth century. Although the exact date of production is still unknown. When Saint Catherine’s Monastery was founded by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, late in his reign, between 548 and 565, it enjoyed imperial patronage and donations from Justinian and his court, with the Christ Pantocrator icon having been one of the many possible imperial gifts. Because of this, it is generally believed to have been produced in the Byzantine capital of Constantinople.

Symbolism

Many agree that the icon represents the dual nature of Christ, illustrating traits of both man and god. Perhaps the creator has been influenced by the aftermath of the ecumenical councils of the previous century at Ephesus and Chalcedon. Christ’s features on his left side are supposed to represent the qualities of his human nature. The  the right side represents his divinity. His right hand is shown opening outward, signifying his gift of blessing, while the left hand and arm is clutching a thick Gospel book.

Some scholars have suggested the icon at Sinai could have been a possible representation of the Kamouliana icon of Christ. Another theory is that its the  famous icon of Christ of the Chalke Gate. This is an image which was destroyed twice during the first and second waves of Byzantine Iconoclasm. The first time this happened was back in 726. Then, again in 814. Thus, its connection with the Christ Pantocrator is difficult to confirm.

The Hagiography has a stamp of authenticity on the back of icon, with the signature of the creator.

Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop
Dimensions : 18×23 cm

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Additional information

Weight 1.00 kg