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

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 18th century CE. A finely-detailed cast-bronze cross with an integral suspension loop, heart-shaped ends, and an interior Orthodox cross flanked by the spear and vinegar stick, two instruments of the Passion. Four distinct monograms are visible: UPb CBp (King of Glory) above the interior cross; IC XC (Jesus Christ) in each respective lateral terminal; HN KT KA (Conqueror, Spear, Stick) underneath the interior main cross bar; and, beneath the depiction of Adam's skull in the cave, MAPE (the place of the skull has become paradise). Light rays stem from each exterior corner, representative of the radiance of the cross, and 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." A rich chocolate-brown patina has formed over all visible surfaces. Size: 1.45" W x 2" H (3.7 cm x 5.1 cm).

Condition: Upper-right light beam missing. Age-commensurate surface wear, very slight bending to overall form, minor fading to details and lettering, with rich brown patina throughout. Integral suspension loop as shown.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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