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CHRIST PANTOCRATOR OF SINAI – ENCAUSTIC 

This icon is hand-painted according to the ancient technique of encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting. It involves using heated beeswax, to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used.

Christ Pantocrator is a painted wood panel dating back to the 6th century from St. Catherine’s Monastery located in Sinai, Egypt. This painting is considered one of the oldest Byzantine religious icons and is the earliest known work of the Pantocrator style . The painted panel stands at 84 cm height with a width of 45.5 cm and a depth of 1.2cm The painting is believed to have been larger originally.
Christ is depicted raising his left hand to make the sign of a blessing, and with his right hand, he holds onto a book. The painting is deliberately asymmetrical to symbolize Christ’s dual nature. Christ’s left side is symbolic of his human nature, with his features depicted as much softer and lighter. Whereas Christ’s right side is symbolic of his divinity with his stern look and intense features.The eyes themselves are different in shape and size, and the hair on his left side is swept behind his shoulder.

I made this icon to order. It was really exciting for me to use the old technique of encaustics. The dimensions are 85 х 45 х 3 см which is approx. 33.46×17.71×1.18 inches. I use only clear bee wax and natural pigments; the wooden panel is made of natural wood, specially crafted by my carpenter. It is covered with canavas in order to be strong.
Custom requests and orders are welcome as well!

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