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Japanese Christ Pantocrator
© Cecilia Lawrence
March 14th 2018
11x14 inches
12 Hours
Ink and Watercolor


I was commissioned to make an image of the Jesus Christ (Pantocrator) in the style of Japanese wood-block prints as a companion piece of the Japanese Madonna of Tender Mercy that I had previously done. The pose is based off of the Sinai Christ Pantocrator but in traditional Japanese-style clothing. The Japanese katakana characters in the scrolls read イエス・キリスト which means "Jesus Christ."
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:iconjames22675:
James22675 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I feel like if you made the hair shorter it would be better. 

Still, I dig Keanus Christ!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I was trying to keep it fairly close to the Sinai Pantocrator as well. :nod:
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
 This is a very lovely icon Mistress Theophilia; I can only hope that for the sake of past friendship you will forgive me for taking one look at this fellow and thinking "Keanu Reeves" (it's the cheekbones and the contrast of very dark hair & eyes against much lighter skin that fooled me).Oops! 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D

Hahah, you are not the first to make that remark! :XD: 
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:iconlibra1010:
Libra1010 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
 The human sense of whimsy can be a magisterially vexing thing, eh?:D (Big Grin) 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed. :XD: That's why it's always important to have a sense of humor. :D
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LuizC91 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Interface Designer
How beautiful!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LuizC91 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome, blessed little one.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
Interesting. A generally credible fusion of styles.  There's a rather heretical legend that Jesus ended up in Japan, which I see others have mentioned. www.smithsonianmag.com/history…

Strangely I'm also reminded of the film 'You only live twice' where Bond gets an oriental makeover. 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so bizarre. :XD:
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rivalsecret Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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DerangedGod Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminded me about a theory I found on the web saying that Jesus Christ escaped from the Roman Emperor and made a long journey which ended with him living in Japan...

Anyways, don't take it too much seriously. Nice job on this art, keep it up! :clap:
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read about this in a book once - apparently there is a community in a remote mountainous area of Japan (I forget the name) where they tell this story, and say that someone (I believe a brother) was crucified in Jesus's place. According to this community, Jesus came to their town, married a local woman, settled down and started a family. They even have the grave they believe to be Jesus's there. It's thought that this is a misremembering of the activities of some Portuguese missionary who later got mistaken for Jesus himself in the retellings. :) 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The more well-known the person, the crazier the theories. :XD:

And thank you!! :aww:
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lookin quite good.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YW
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:iconjk-atelier:
JK-atelier Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Great. I love You work and galleryHeart  
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconilikeitplz:
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:iconzfragger:
zfragger Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Japanese Jesus meet Korean Jesus

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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah. :XD: I have seen that image before but I didn't realize that it was Korean. :XD:
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BarryWoods Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Woah!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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AuroraAtelier Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally thought that this was Keanu Reeves at first (oops hahah) but I'm very much in love with this print!  I'm most definitely adding you to my watch list!  :>
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Banjoker Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I think he should play Jesus in a movie.  Perhaps a remake of Prince of Egypt, or just a documentary about Christianity!  But God still needs to be Morgan Freeman.
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DerangedGod Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lmao :laughing: Keanu Reeves...
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Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :aww:

Hahah, yeah, I was surprised by how many Keanu Reeves comments I was getting. :XD: Just out of curiosity I looked it up an apparently he has Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry.
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RadHaager Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist
Yeah same :D
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NekoNagi Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
me too omg :D 
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Voiholl Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Keanu Reeves is Jesus, confirmed by AuroraAtelier.
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SnackKrumbz Featured By Owner 6 days ago
this looks awesome man.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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KaijuGuy19 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Has a strong icon esque feel to it. :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep! It's based off of the Sinai Christ Pantocrator as the client requested. :nod:
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Bola100 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
That's weird but i like it O_o
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not a new idea, there were other images of Christ and Mary done in a Chinese and Japanese style. :nod:
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Bola100 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
nice
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sabson Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks adorable 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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ADMA-DE-ROSENKREUZ Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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ADMA-DE-ROSENKREUZ Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D :hug:
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JadonDaz Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Short Eye Jesus Lookin Fresh 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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JacobPotts1836 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting! Thank you.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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Dedalo-el-Hispano Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Outstanding. You have earned a new watch.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!
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