Antique Orthodox "Old Believers" Small Cross Pendant Prayer Before The Cross

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (866) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202423312768 Beautifully preserved, small two-sided Orthodox "Old Believers" cross pendant, antique condition. Made from bronze or similar copper alloy, covered with original green patina. Origin likely circa 17th-18th century Imperial Russia. Cross is lightly deformed/bent and worn out according to its age. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christian faith, sound and wearable. The obverse of the cross pendant bears a traditional image of a Byzantine-like Suppedaneum cross, and inscriptions in Church Slavonic. The Byzantine three-bar cross is used in the Eastern 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. The top 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 left and right side ends of the central horizontal crossbar of the pendant bear the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ inscribed as the Greek Christogram, the "IC" on the left, and the "XC" on the right. A small, symbolic image of the skull, or Adam's head, buried below the Suppedaneum cross refers to Golgotha (Calvary), the elevated site where Jesus was crucified, which the Bible says means "the place of the skull" in Hebrew. An ancient tradition of Catholic and Orthodox Churches held that it was also the burial place of Adam, thus symbolizing the ultimate victory of Christ over sin and death. The reverse bears the words of a fragment of the Prayer before the Holy Cross incorporated into the crossbars. The prayer is inscribed in Church Slavonic meaning: "BEFORE THY CROSS WE BOW DOWN IN WORSHIP, O LORD; AND THY HOLY RESURRECTION WE GLORIFY..." 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 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: Beautifully preserved, small two-sided Orthodox "Old Believers" cross pendant, antique condition. Made from bronze or similar copper alloy, covered with original green patina. Origin likely circa 17th-18th century Imperial Russia. Cross is lightly deformed/bent and worn out according to its age. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christian faith, sound and wearable., Material: Bronze or similar copper alloy, Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Featured Refinements: Orthodox Cross, Type: Pendant

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