ANTIQUE ORTHODOX "OLD BELIEVERS" SMALL SWORD-SHAPED CROSS with CRESCENT "TSATA"

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (882) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202529945399 Well preserved, smaller "Sword-shaped" version of an authentic Russian Orthodox "Old Believers" Cross pendant featuring the "Tsata" or crescent in the center of the Cross symbolizing Christ as both the King and the High Priest. Antique condition; lightly deformed (bent) and worn out. Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy, covered with dark multicolored patina. Origin likely Imperial Russia (Tsardom) c. late 16th - 18th century. Could have been worn as a traditional Orthodox "body" (worn below all garments and underwear) cross. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christian faith. The shape of the cross is similar to the Russian Orthodox crosses dated 15-16th century that are "sword"-shaped. In the Western Europe, such a shape of crucifixes and crosses was popular in the medieval period because of the Crusades. In a more general context of the Gospels, a sword-shaped cross refers to the preaching of Christ: "I came not to bring peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34), and "...if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." (Luke 22:36). The obverse of the cross pendant bears an image of the Suppedaneum three-bar cross venerated in the Orthodox and some Eastern Catholic churches. Such a cross has three horizontal crossbeams: the top one represents the "INRI" nameplate, and the bottom one, a footrest. The footrest crossbeam is depicted pointing up, toward Heaven, on Christ's right hand side where the Penitent thief, St. Dismas was crucified. In the center of the cross, there is a crescent, or half-moon symbol known as "Tsata". It is a traditional, ancient Byzantine symbol of Christ as both the King and the High Priest. Accordingly, the top "boxed" end of the vertical crossbar of the pendant bears abbreviated inscription in Church Slavonic meaning "KING OF GLORY" used in the Eastern Orthodox pectoral crosses as a nameplate in their top part. The side "boxed" ends of the central horizontal crossbar bear the Sacred Name of Jesus as the "IC XC" Greek Christogram, depicted as "IC" on the left and "XC" on the right. Please examine all photographs carefully and do your own research if necessary. Please note that photographs are an important part of the item's description. The U.S. quarter coin, decorative stone and a measuring meter are not for sale, and are photographed with the item in order to provide a size reference, and artistic background. Please ask all questions before making a purchase. There are no guarantees with the listing because most items are original vintage or antique objects that are quite old. All items are sold "as is" with no returns because of a change of mind offered. Shipping and handling is free for the continental US. International buyers, please ask me for a shipping quote prior to buying. Please note that customs regulations differ from country to country, and it is a buyer's responsibility to ensure that any customs fees or other duties collected by the buyer's country are paid and satisfied in full. Condition: Used, Condition: Well preserved, smaller "Sword-shaped" version of an authentic Russian Orthodox "Old Believers" Cross pendant featuring the "Tsata" or crescent in the center of the Cross symbolizing Christ as both the King and the High Priest. Antique condition; lightly deformed (bent) and worn out. Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy, covered with dark multicolored patina. Origin likely Imperial Russia (Tsardom) c. late 16th - 18th century. Could have been worn as a traditional Orthodox "body" (worn below all garments and underwear) cross. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christian faith., Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Material: Bronze or similar copper alloy, Featured Refinements: Orthodox Cross

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