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Christ Child in Chalice (Melismos)
Christ Child in Chalice (Melismos) - Religious Antiques Style
Ref : 91877
4 200 €
Period :
18th century
Provenance :
Mosgostorg, Moscow, Russia, 1930s Private collection, Germany
Medium :
Tempera on panel
Dimensions :
L. 9.84 inch X l. 6.3 inch
Religious Antiques  - Christ Child in Chalice (Melismos)
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Russian and Greek icons, Byzantine Art

Christ Child in Chalice (Melismos)

Icon: Christ Child in Chalice (Melismos)
Russia, 18th century

Within an arched, carved and gilded frame, the naked Christ Child is depicted lying in a silver chalice against a dark blue background. He makes a gesture of blessing with his raised right hand and opens up his left hand in a gesture of prayer and acceptance. This depiction is known as ‘Melismos’ (Greek: Dividing) and symbolises the Eucharistic Sacrifice that Christ will bring. During the celebration of the liturgy, the bread lies in the chalice as a symbol of the Body of Christ. In the icon it is not the bread but Christ himself who is depicted, as the innocent sacrifice that will wash away the sins of the world.

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