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Beautiful 18th C. Russian Bronze Enameled Cross

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 18th century CE. A stunning cast-bronze cross shaped to mimic the wings of the Seraphim, the most important of the angels in the Kingdom of Heaven. On top is an integral suspension loop, and inside is a Golgotha cross flanked by the symbolic spear and vinegar stick, two instruments of the Passion. Above the cross is the monogram UPb CBp (King of Glory), and IC XC (Jesus Christ) as well as CHb BXIN (Son of God) are on each respective lateral terminal; below the interior cross is 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 sides display original white enameled decorations, and the obverse also has stunning deep blue enamel surrounding the interior cross. This palette of colors complements the rich russet- and blue-green-hued patina. Size: 1.125" W x 2.25" H (2.9 cm x 5.7 cm).

Condition: Age-commensurate surface wear, remnants of original blue and white enamel across both sides, fading to details and lettering, with lovely russet and blue-green patina throughout. Integral suspension loop as shown.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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