It is very likely that this icon forms part of a Deesis. The title ‘Supreme Leader of the Heavenly Host’ indicates the rank of the archangel in the celestial hierarchy. The cryptogram on the globe has been deciphered and means ‘Christ the righteous judge’. The painting is typical of the Byzantine style, with the effect of depth and the light on the shapes using a network of fine white lines.
Size: 27 x 35 cm.●