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Made by: Andrei Aleksandrov

On view in: Icon Room

About this object

The half-length figure of Christ Pantocrator faces the viewer, his right hand raised in blessing, his left holding an open gospel bearing the text "I give unto you a new testament to love one another." Christ wears a green hymation over a red chiton with gold border. All but the face and hands are covered by a silver gilt oklad richly ornamented with enamel. The central ground is picked out in alternating blue and red quatrefoils and daisies. The hymation is rendered in daisy-patterned enamel over a plain silver chiton with geometric borders at neck and wrist. His head is crowned by a detachable venets, with a cross of filigree enamel scrollwork bearing the letters O O N on a floral ground. The venets is edged with rows of beading, twisted rope, and openwork, culminating in a crown of white-bordered palmettes topped with kokoshniks. The border is marked by a rich filigree enamel of palmettes and crosses with four raised corner spandrels set with cabochon-like enamel drops. In the center of the bottom polia a plaque in silver and blue cloisonne enamel reads "Lord Pantocrator."

Object name:
Made from:
Tempera on wood -- enamel -- silver
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
29.4 x 22.2 cm (11 9/16 x 8 3/4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

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Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION; MARK; PLAQUE ICON: verso: "SU" (in pencil in OChS letters visible on board beneath velvet cover), "58" (purple ink on old label) OKLAD: on bottom edge 1) AA (in square) for maker Andrei Andreevich Aleksandrov 1879-1917 (P-L #2140), 2) L.O 1893 for tester Lef F. Oleks 1890-96 (P-L #2121-22), 3) 84 for silver content, 4) St George and the Dragon facing left for Moscow 1891-96; on lower left page of gospel 1), 3), 4); beneath Christ's right sleeve 3) and 4); on the lower right edge of venets 3); on each corner inset 1) and 4); inscription on gospel "ZAPOVED NOVUIU DAIU VAM DA LIUBITE DRUG DRUGA IAKOZHE VOZLIUBIKH VY DA I VY LIUBITE SEBE I OSEM ... ; on plaque attached to lower center edge "GD' VSEDERZHITEL'"; on either side of venets IIS KHTS; inside venets OT O N
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973