Antique Russian Orthodox Bishop Blessing Cross Brass Silver Enamel Mop Icon 1888

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Seller: lz101 (1,444) 100%, Location: Sofia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 183844286059 HUGE ANTIQUE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX BISHOPS BLESSING CROSS BRASS 84 SILVER ENAMEL MOP ICON 1888 A Blessing Cross is a hand cross, held by a priest or bishop in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, when he gives a benediction. The blessing cross is also used in the blessing of holy water, when the priest will dip the cross in the water, making the sign of the cross with it three times. PLEASE NOTE : This is not a modern so-called "Byzantine Style" ecclesiastical attribute, which is made now in Greece for tourists or ungrounded buyers, THIS IS AN ANTIQUE, AUTHENTIC RUSSIAN IMPERIAL CHURCH BLESSING CROSS, from the 19th century, appr. made in 1888. Scarce, magnificent church cross for serious people. This is a splendid and very rare item indeed. Antique and Huge Russian Orthodox church ecclesiastical episcopal processional Blessing Cross in very good condition for its 130 years. The cross is made of an old antique brass/melchior.The four arms of the cross are decorated with beautiful handmade round portraits, made of old silicate hot glass enamel, drawing and painting by hand. Enamelled applications are overlaid in cases of natural pearls. Enamel portraits represent the images of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, Saint John the Baptist and the Death. In the center of the cross is placed a solid silver crucifix, beautiful and very detailed silver figure of the crucified Jesus Christ. Crucifix is assembled on a silver base, which is marked by Russian royal marks for silver - 84, year 1888 and letters. On the face of the handle of the cross is placed a magnificent ornament of solid silver, decorated with different colored silicate hot enamel, which is marked also by Russian silver marks. It looks these 3 parts (Jesus Christ, crucifix and enameled handle ornament) are the only 3 solid silver parts of the cross. The body of the cross is made of antique brass or melchior. Inside the cross is hollow, as Reliquary, probably in his most glorious days, at the end of the 19th century, ever had any sacred relics - wood, bone, hair or other... The back side of the cross is decorated with typical Russian church motifs and the inscriptions are in Old-Church-Slavonic but I can not read them. The upper and lower faces joined by screws.So please, take a look at the pictures, they can tell you much more then I can tell you.Remarkably well done and the hand-painted enamel portrait has a terrific sense of reality. Cross is very very large piece - appr. 36.8 cm. long/high (14.1/2" inches), 24.0 cm. wide (9.1/2" inches), and appr. 1.3 cm. thick. Cross is in very good original condition - not shiny, not clean, not polished. It is a superior piece of history ! Very little ecclesiastical items survived the various political upheavals of the twentieth century, as much of it was confiscated and destroyed by the communistic power. Please ask any questions before bidding. 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Condition: Used, Condition: We have tried to make numerous and very detailed photographs of the object, without hiding anything or adding anything. For the original current condition, please review carefully the pictures, they can tell you much more than I can tell you. If you have any questions about the condition of this item, please ask before bidding. To each question will be fully answered, including providing additional photos and explanations in every detail., Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: Russian Federation, Material: Mixed, California Prop 65 Warning: Russian Orthodox Cross, RUSSIAN SILVER ENAMEL, Russian icon

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