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Jesus Christ icon Sina, Handmade Greek Orthodox icon of Jesus Christ Sinai, Byzantine wood plaque (2)

Jesus Christ icon Sina, Handmade Greek Orthodox icon of Jesus Christ Sinai, Byzantine wood plaque (2)

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This byzantine icon is a lithography with double varnish layer to ensure vivid colors and waterproof properties depicting Jesus Christ Sinai blessing the world is a god inspired artwork abiding to the Athonian technique that was gives this icon unique religious and aesthetic value.

The Christ Pantocrator of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai is one of the oldest Eastern Roman religious icons, dating from the 6th century AD.[1] It is the earliest known version of the pantocrator style that still survives today, and is regarded by historians and scholars to be one of the most important and recognizable works in the study of Byzantine art as well as Eastern Orthodox Christianity.[2]

For a time the icon was thought to have been dated from the thirteenth century, since it had been almost completely painted over at that time, but it was concluded in 1962 that it is in fact from the mid-sixth century, although the exact date of production is still unknown.[3] When Saint Catherine’s Monastery was founded by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, late in his reign, between 548 and 565,[4] it enjoyed imperial patronage and donations from Justinian and his court, with the Christ Pantocrator icon having been one of the many possible imperial gifts.[5] Because of this, it is generally believed to have been produced in the Byzantine capital of Constantinople.[6]

Many agree that the icon represents the dual nature of Christ, illustrating traits of both man and God,[7] perhaps influenced by the aftermath of the ecumenical councils of the previous century at Ephesus and Chalcedon.[8] Christ’s features on his left side (the viewer's right) are supposed to represent the qualities of his human nature, while his right side (the viewer's left) represents his divinity.[9] His right hand is shown opening outward, signifying his gift of blessing, while the left hand and arm is clutching a thick Gospel book.[10]

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