Christ Pantocrator
ca. 1825
8.75" x 7"
Icons, wood, linen, gesso, goldleaf, egg tempera, varnish
Region: Russia
The word Pantocrator is Greek, meaning "Ruler of All." The image expresses the central reality of the Christian faith; the Divine Majesty of the creator and ruler of all the world, made flesh and therefore visible to us in the person of Christ Jesus our redeemer.

The halo:
Both Jesus' declaration and profession. The three letters on the halo, O W H (Greek "Ho Ohn", The One Who Is). Reference to the name of Jesus (Jeshua), which contains two statements: Yhwh ("Je-" - "I am here for you") and "-shua" (supports, helps).