Pantocrator (Sinai) Small (87 x 160mm)

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Date: 6th century

Location: St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai

Heritage: Byzantine

Pantocrator (Sinai) Small (87 x 160mm)

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Date: 6th century
Location: St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai
Heritage: Byzantine

One of the earliest extant icons of Christ known, this icon was saved from the iconoclast controversies that destroyed so many early icons, and was preserved by the dry climate in Sinai's desert at St. Catherine's Monastery. Worked in an ancient encaustic or wax-melting technique of making icons, it is early Byzantine (6th c.) in origin. The

"Pantocrator" is the Greek word meaning "Ruler of All", and many icons of Christ are modeled after this original. Christ is traditionally shown with a short beard and long dark brown hair parted in the middle. Often in the earliest icons there can be some naturalistic elements such as visible shadow and regular skin tones even though the medium of icons always is somewhat abstract, trying to show in artistic forms the revelation of all things as they will appear at the end of chronological time. In this icon Christ’s nose, eyes, and neck are not merely naturalistic.

The Saviour has a serious and intent look, like the King of All looking upon His people. This detailed view of Christ's face shows a dignity on one side and a different arching of the eyebrows causing enlivenment on the other. The different impressions strike a harmony between His divine and human natures. Worked in an encaustic or a wax-melting technique, this great treasure from the sixth century is one of the earliest icons of Christ still in existence. It is preserved at St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai by the climate and lack of iconoclast persecution in that area.

About the icons;

The icons are produced by a small Eastern Orthodox monastery in Wisconsin, USA. Its members invite us to encounter Orthodox Christian spirituality as expressed in the wonderful images of the icons.

All prints are carefully chosen and reproduced in brilliant colour. They are laminated with durable 5mm low lustre mylar film that seals and protects each icon against dirt and moisture. Each is mounted on the most warp-resistant birch plywood (Extra Small icons are mounted on pressboard) and are keyholed and ready to hang.

We guarantee they are of the highest quality.

We have access to over 700 standard and custom made icons for many specific saints etc from our supplier so email us with your requests and we will let you know availability and costs

This icon; 87 x 160mm, mounted on 12mm thick wood, beautifully presented.

This icon can be ordered in different sizes (see below). Contact us at to order. If you order by the end of the calendar month we can usually have the icon to you by the end of the following month.

Extra Small (50 x 101mm) $17.95 - CHECK WEBSITE
Small (87 x 160mm): $34.95
Medium Large (115 x 203mm): $49.95 - ORDER
Large (139 x 253mm): $59.95 - ORDER
Extra Large (165 x 330mm): $89.95 - ORDER
Double (203 x 406mm): $122.95 - ORDER
Triple (330 x 660mm): $280.00 - ORDER

The above is a guide and sizes may vary slightly from icon to icon.

Additional Information

Width (mm) 87
Height (mm) 160

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