ANTIQUE c. 12-15th CENTURY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ORNATE BRONZE CROSS "FLEUR-DE-LIS"

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (878) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202656663994 Beautifully preserved, ancient Orthodox smaller Cross pendant featuring ancient "Krinos" or "fleur-de-lis" (lily flowers) ornate design with a large solid necklace bale. Origin likely c. 12th-15th century Ryazan region of Russia (based on the identified similar artifacts). Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy. The cross is slightly bent, worn off according to its age, with small dents and scratches, and covered with beautiful original dark green- to gray patina from the past centuries. Authentic antique symbol of late medieval Orthodox Christianity. The crossbar ends are shaped as simplified fleur-de-lis ("krinos" in the Orthodox tradition), or lily flowers, symbols of purity and the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Similar images appears in the history quite early: Roman Gaulish coins show the first Western designs which look similarly to modern fleur-de-lis. A 9th-century mosaic from San Giovanni church in Rome shows Saint Peter handling the Oriflamme, the imperial banner, to Charlemagne. The finial of the oriflamme is clearly a spearhead, like the earliest depictions of the fleur-de-lis, on the seals of Robert II (circa 1000 AD) and Phillip II (c. 1180). 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 measuring meter are not for sale, and are photographed with the item in order to provide a size reference. 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: Beautifully preserved, ancient Orthodox smaller Cross pendant featuring ancient "Krinos" or "fleur-de-lis" (lily flowers) ornate design with a large solid necklace bale. Origin likely c. 12th-15th century Ryazan region of Russia (based on the identified similar artifacts). Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy. The cross is slightly bent, worn off according to its age, with small dents and scratches, and covered with beautiful original dark green- to gray patina from the past centuries. Authentic antique symbol of late medieval Orthodox Christianity., Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Material: Bronze or similar copper alloy, Featured Refinements: Ancient Orthodox Cross, Type: Pendant

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