0125 Christ Ruler of the World

0125 Christ The Ruler of The World


19th cent.  33.5x29x2.5 cms.

“Pantocrator” is Greek for “Ruler of All”. There are two variants. The first shows Christ holding a Bible in His left hand whilst giving benediction with His right. ¬†This icon is an example of the alternate. It shows Christ in a more regal role. Here His right hand is again raised in a blessing but His left holds a crystal orb. It is a symbol not only of majesty and kingship but also His ability to see into the soul of mankind. His authority is further enhanced by a fixed judgemental gaze as well as His dress which is more sumptuous than the more traditional image.