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17th C. Russian Bronze Cross

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 17th century CE. A petite cast-bronze cross with an integral suspension loop and an interior Orthodox cross flanked by the symbolic spear and vinegar stick, two instruments of the Passion. The monogram UPb CBp (King of Glory) is above the internal cross; IC XC (Jesus Christ) is on each respective lateral end; HN KT KA (Conqueror, Spear, Stick) is beneath the main interior crossbar; and MP (the place of the skull has become paradise) is underneath the image of Adam's skull in the cave. While faded, the verso displays the first verse of Psalm 68 in Cyrillic which, when translated, says, "Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, let those also that hate Him flee before Him." While the verso has a silvery patina, the obverse displays a rich light-brown patina. Size: 0.75" W x 1.3" H (1.9 cm x 3.3 cm).

Condition: Age-commensurate surface wear, very slight bending to overall form, fading to details and lettering, with light brown patina on obverse and silver patina on reverse. Integral suspension loop as shown.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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