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Icon with Christ Pantepotes and the Chorus of Saints

Date:
14th–15th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Steatite
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 7/16 x 2 5/16 x 3/8 in. (8.7 x 5.9 x 0.9 cm) on mount with 63.68.1-.13: 6 15/16 x 5 3/16 x 3/8 in. (17.6 x 13.2 x 0.9 cm) Mount: 7 5/8 x 6 1/8 x 13/16 in. (19.4 x 15.5 x 2 cm)
Classification:
Steatites
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
63.68.1
  • Description

    This complex icon composition contains more than one hundred tiny figures. In the center sits Christ, identified as Overseer of All. Twelve scenes from Christ’s life surround the central image. Panels with “choruses” of saints frame the icon, each showing Christ Emmanuel blessing a different group of saints, named in inscriptions.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed (in Greek): across top of upper register, Annunciation, Nativity, Candleman, Baptism; across top of second register, Raising [of Lazarus], Christ who sees everything, "Rameaux" [Entry into Jerusalem]; across top of third register, flanking central figure, Transfiguration, Crucifixion; across top of lower register, "Pitie de Notre Seigneur" [Descent from the Cross], The Tomb [3 Maries at the Sepulcher], Anastasis, Ascension [of Christ] (see catalogue cards for inscription).

  • Provenance

    J. K. Fox ; [ Stendhal Galleries, New York (sold 1963)]

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