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Collections Metropolis of Mytiline, Eressos and Plomari

Item ID: 231
Item Number: 20
Collection: Metropolis of Mytiline, Eressos and Plomari
Item Name: Christ the Great High Priest
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Year: 17nth century
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Dimensions: 120 x 82
Condition state: Very good
Current position: EPISCOPAL RESIDENCE COLLECTION


Description: Christ is depicted in bust form against a gold background. He is clad as High priest bearing the complete Episcopal robes. He is wearing a gold crown-mitre studded with precious stones signifying the liturgical significance of the icon.
He is holding an open gospel book in which on the left page, the passage: “MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD… [ Η ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΑ Η ΕΜΗ ΟΥΚ ΕCΤΙΝ ΕΚ ΤΟΥ ΚΟCMOY TΟΥΤΟΥ ~ ΕΙ ΕΚ ΤΟΥ ΚΟCMOY…( John 18.36) is inscribed, and on the right page the passage: “ TAKE, EAT THIS IS MY BODY BROKEN FOR YOU FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS” [ “ΛΑΒΕΤΕ ΦΑΓΕΤΕ ΤΟΥΤΟ ΕCTI TO CΩΜΑ ΜΟΥ ΤΟ ΥΠΕΡ ΥΜΩΝ ΚΛΩΜΕΝΟΝ ΕΙC ΑΦΕCΙΝ ΑΜΑΡΤΙΩΝ..(Mathew 26.26)]. The inscription on the gold background: “Ο BACIΛΕΥΣ ΤΩΝ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΟΝΤΩΝ’’ (“THE KING OF THE KINGS”) can be read.
The modeling of the face, and the iconographic style of the icon, leads to a dating around the 17nth century.