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Large 18th C. Russian Bronze Enameled Cross

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 18th century CE. A sizable cast-bronze cross shaped to replicate the wings of the Seraphim, the personal caretakers of God's throne. It has a three-tiered suspension bail representative of the Holy Trinity, as well as an interior Orthodox cross flanked by the monogramed spear (KT) and vinegar stick (KA), two instruments of the Passion. Above the interior cross is UPb CBp (King of Glory), and IC XC (Jesus Christ) as well as CHb BXIN (Son of God) are on either respective lateral end; below is an image of Adam's skull in the cave. The reverse side shows 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 have remnants of the original pale blue and yellow enameled decorations, and are complemented by the light-brown patina across all visible surfaces. Size: 1.25" W x 2.25" H (3.2 cm x 5.7 cm).

Condition: Age-commensurate surface wear, minor fading to details and lettering, remnants of original blue and yellow enamel, with lovely light brown patina throughout. Integral suspension loop as shown.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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