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18th C. Russian Bronze Enameled Cross

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 18th century CE. A small cast-bronze cross with an integral suspension loop, and an interior Orthodox cross. The monogram UPb CBp (King of Glory) rests above the interior cross, and IC XC (Jesus Christ) as well as CHb BXIN (Son of God) are on each respective lateral end. On either side of the interior cross are the symbolic spear and vinegar stick, two instruments of the Passion, and underneath is a faded image of Adam's skull in the cave. The reverse side 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 lustrous layer of dark-brown patina covers the surface and complements the creamy yellow-hued enameled designs. Size: 0.75" W x 1.55" H (1.9 cm x 3.9 cm).

Condition: Age-commensurate surface wear, very slight bending to overall form, with pale yellow enamel remnants visible on obverse side. Nice dark brown patina throughout. Integral suspension loop as shown.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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