The image of Christ Pantocrator was one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church and remained a central icon of the Eastern right Churches. Christ holds the New Testament in his left hand and makes the gesture of teaching or of blessing with his right. The name of Christ is written on each side of the halo, as IC and XC. Christ’s fingers are depicted in a pose that represents the letters IC, X, and C, thereby making the Christogram ICXC (for “Jesus Christ”). The IC is composed of the
Greek characters iota (Ι) and lunate sigma (C; instead of Σ, ς)—the first and last letters of ‘Jesus’ in Greek (Ἰησοῦς); in XC, the letters are chi (Χ) and again the lunate sigma—the first and last letters of ‘Christ’ in Greek (Χριστός).
Christ has a cruciform halo inscribed with the letters Ο Ω Ν, i.e. ὁ ὢν “He Who Is”.
The opposite perspective of the objects in the icon signifies that Our Lord is the one who looks at us. therefore all the objects on the icon are shown from His point of view.
On this icon of Our Lord, the Teacher holds an open Gospel. In Greek, it says, “A New Testament I give You: Love one another just as I have Loved you”.
This handmade icon is made in following the ancient and traditional manner incorporating new technologies.
The hand-crafted board is decorated with marquetry on the back side. From there, real 23.3 karat gold is hand-leafed across the background of the icon over the raised gesso ornaments. A less expensive metal leaf instead of gold is also available optionally. Lastly, the icon is replicated straight onto the board over the gold leaf with special UV paint that will not bleach even under direct sunlight. Then, also, artistic touches are made with the artist’s brush in such details as highlights, outlines, and borderline. Each icon is coated with damar varnish, and after drying, it is properly packed in a custom handcrafted velour pouch, wooden gift box, and additional box for shipping. We care that the holy image of your favorite saint is of high quality and can be kept in your family for generations to come.
May it be a blessing and truly a “window into heaven” for you.
Available in other shapes and sizes: round, square, rectangle, rectangle with arch.
Handwritten icons are also available, Please, contact us directly.