The Archiepiscopal Engolpion
is considered as emblem of the Bishop degree in the Orthodox Church and has been established by the Royal Decree in 1856. It is usually oval-shaped with an enameled icon that shows either the Christ Blessing or the Virgin Mary (in which case the engolpion is called «Panagia»).
The enamel making is from a technique that has been invented during the Byzantium. The icon is set against a gold or silver plated background decorated with semi-precious gems, in a very detailed pattern to bring a very beautiful and artistic outcome following the Orthodox Tradition.
The engolpion symbolizes the value of pure heart and the seal of confession and faith. Is alleged with a golden chain from the neck of the bishop to stay on the chest at all times whether divine or not.
All Archiepiscopal Engolpions are accompanied by a silver or gold plated chain
and are shipped in a beautiful velvet box
There are 18 Archiepiscopal Engolpions that have a pair at the collection of Pectoral Crosses (http://www.oramaworld.com/en/c/4000_3250/Pectoral_Crosses
) and photos of these Crosses are shown at the relevant pages of the Archiepiscopal Engolpions.