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18th C. Russian Bronze Cross - Heart-Shaped Terminals

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 18th century CE. A lovely cast-bronze cross with heart-shaped terminals, an integral suspension loop, and an interior Golgotha cross flanked by the spear and vinegar stick, two instruments of the Passion. Each exterior corner displays pellet-shaped light beams, which are symbolically radiating from a central resplendent crown. Four monograms detail the obverse surface: uPbC (King of Glory) on top; IC XC (Jesus Christ), each on their respective lateral ends; HN KA (Conqueror) above the main interior crossbar; and MP (the place of the skull has become paradise) inside the lowest end underneath the image of Adam's skull in the cave. The verso displays the first verse of Psalm 68 in Cyrillic which, when translated, reads, "Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, let those also that hate Him flee before Him." Both obverse and reverse surfaces display a lustrous dark-brown patina. Size: 1.375" W x 1.75" H (3.5 cm x 4.4 cm).

Condition: Age-commensurate surface wear, slight bending to overall form, minor deposits in recessed areas, fading to lettering and details, with lovely brown-gray patina throughout. Integral suspension loop as shown.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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