Icon with Christ Pantokrator, Steatite, green, Byzantine

Icon with Christ Pantokrator

Date:
ca. 1350 or later
Geography:
Made in probably Greece
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Steatite, green
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 3/4 in. (6.7 x 6.7 x 1.9 cm)
Classification:
Steatites
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.217
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
The inscription identifies the image as Christ Antiphonetes, an icon type used by the empress Zoe (r. 1028–50) for her coinage.

Steatite, easily carved stone, usually soft green or buff in color, came to be widely used for the production of small icons.
Inscription: Inscribed - in Greek: Christ Antiphonetes: the abbreviated name of Jesus Christ I(HCOV)C X (PICTO)C is inscribed in raised letters in two medallions flanking the halo, with, beneath, rectangular tablets inscribed O A(N)THΦW/NHTHC and in modern Greek: 1794 D(ecember) 11: A later inscription -1794-... (December) 11 is scratched into the background to Christ's right.
J. Kourdoglanian c/o C. R. Fenton & Co., Brussels (sold 1979)
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 113, p. 95.