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18th C. Russian Bronze Enameled Cross

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 18th century CE. A 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) sits above the interior cross, IC XC (Jesus Christ) is on each respective lateral terminal, and HN KT KA (Conqueror, Spear, Stick) is beneath the main interior cross bar. The image of Adam's skull in the cave is beneath the interior cross, and the monogram MAPE (the place of the cross has become paradise) rests beneath that. The verso is unadorned, though remnants of the original russet-hued enameled details are still visible on the obverse side. The entire cross is covered in a beautiful dark-brown patina. Size: 1.2" W x 2.125" H (3 cm x 5.4 cm).

Condition: Age-commensurate surface wear, very slight bending to overall form, fading to lettering and details, with nice dark brown patina throughout. Integral suspension loop as shown.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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