Pantokrator is surrounded by twelve medallions located at a lower level than Him which contain the Mother of God, the archangels Michael and Gabriel, a seraph and eight more angels.
The presence of each figure in the medallions serves a purpose. Angels Kain and Galgaliel escort the Pantokrator, Tartaruhos is an angel-demon and master of the torments in hell, Teptadael is an angel serving the Just and Saltael is thought to be a supplicant par excellence. Therefore, the Pantokrator is encircled by angels serving as escorts and extollers of God, by angels connected to cosmological symbolism and by angels directly associated with the Second Coming, who keep the Just and Unjust and supplicate God for mercy. The Virgin, depicted with raised hands in supplication, and every angel address their entreaty to the Christ for the redemption of humankind.
This imagery, along with the Pantokrator and the Apostles depicted in the pendentives, consists of an unusual alteration of the well-established representation of Heavenly Court, the central composition of the Last Judgement.


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Ioannides, Marinos, “Medallions,” Αψίδα, accessed June 16, 2019, https://apsida.cut.ac.cy/items/show/45332.

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