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The right hand in Icons is raised to give a blessing.  Symbolically, the fingers spell out “IC XC”, a widely used four letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC) Christ (XPICTOC). Notice the similarities with Buddhist Iconography... Byzantine Art, Byzantine Icons, Christian Symbols, Christian Art, Early Christian, Religious Icons, Religious Art, Icon Meaning, Rome Antique
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What does this hand gesture mean in Icons?

This is an extract from a longer post about the Icon of Christ, but deserves a separate entry. It explains the meaning behind the way Christ and the Saints are sometimes shown h... 
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