Christ enthroned, surrounded by the Mother of God and Saint John the forerunner. The archangels Michael and Gabriel, the apostles Peter and Paul. At the feet, the saints Zosimas and Sabbatius from the Solowetzki

monastery.

 

The Greek word "deesis" (Russian "dei-sus", the ending -us based on Je-sus) means "intercession, prayer,

adoration" and in the iconography of the Eastern Church denotes a three-figure image: Christ as judge of the

world on the throne with the Bible book closed or open, flanked on his right by the Mother of God and on the left by John the Forerunner (the Baptist), both in an interceding posture. In this form one speaks of the "little Deesis"; it is augmented by further intercessors, from the "great Deesis". Such additional figures are the archangels Gabriel and Michael, the apostles Peter and Paul and Basilius and John Chrysostom. It is not uncommon for local saints canonized in the rank of bishop to be attached to local picture walls or iconostases. With the exception of

Christ, all figures are shown slightly inclined in intercession, rarely standing upright. Their concave silhouettes give it a certain solemnity. The Deesis picture became an integral part of the picture wall. It expresses a fundamental concern of the Church of Christ, intercession for the people.

 

Yellow metal (Muntz metal).

Russian icon | Enthroned Christ Pantocrator | Bronze | 24631

SKU: 24631
  • Original antique Russian orthodox icon

    Certificate of authenticity from an independent expert at the Vienna Dorotheum
  • Age

    19th century
  • Size

    5.5 x 5.5 cm (2.2 x 2.2 in)

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