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Fine 18th C. Russian Bronze Cross - Expanded Periphery

$250.00
Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 18th century CE. A lovely cast-bronze cross with a slightly expanded peripheral border, a pierced suspension loop, and an interior Orthodox cross flanked by the symbolic spear and vinegar stick, two instruments of the passion. Above the interior cross is the monogram UPb CBp (King of Glory), IC XC (Jesus Christ) on either respective lateral side, and HN KT KA (Conqueror, Spear, Stick) below the main interior crossbar. The image beneath the interior cross represents Adam's skull in the cave, and the monogram MAPE (the place of the cross has become paradise) is underneath. The expanded peripheral border 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." While the verso is unadorned, a mottled green patina has formed across the light brown surface. Size: 1.375" W x 2.25" H (3.5 cm x 5.7 cm).

Condition: Age-commensurate surface wear, minor nicks around lateral terminals, some fading to details and lettering, and lovely pale green patina throughout. Integral suspension loop as shown.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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