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Athos Holy Mount

Portable Icons
2.96 Christ Pantokrator
Simonopetra Monastery
Wood, egg temperal, 54 x 35.5 cm


The Original New Testament

Christ is shown frontally and full-length, seated on a cushion on a high-backed throne. He is clothed in a dark green himation and a pale red tunic. His left hand supports an open Gospel on his thigh, with the text: 'Learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls' (Matt. 11:29), while his right hand is raised in blessing. His feet rest on a rectangular footstool, to the left and right of which is the dedicatory inscription: ΔΕΗCΙC ΤΟΥ ΔΟΥΛΟΥ CΟΥ Κ(ΥΡΙ)Ε ΦΙΛΙΜΟΝΟC ΙΕΡΟΜΟΝΑΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΘΗΓΟΥΜΕΝΟΥ ΕΤΟC ΑΨΒ (= 1702) (Supplication of the servant of God Philemon, hieromonk and hegumen 1702).

This is an iconostasis icon from the church of the Kathisma, or retreat, of St Simon a short distance from the monastery. The same iconostasis also held the icon of the Virgin Galaktotrophousa (no. 2.95), painted by the same artist.

Bibliography: Unpublished.

Index of exhibits of Monastery of Simonopetra
18th century

The Authentic Greek New Testament Bilingual New Testament I

Icon of the Mother of God and New Testament Reader Promote Greek Learning
Three Millennia of Greek Literature

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