• Christ the Great High Priest
  • Item ID : 231
  • Collection Name : Metropolis of Mytiline, Eressos and Plomari
  • Year : 17nth century
  • Dimension : 120 x 82
  • Conditions : Very good
  • 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.