Antique Russian Silver 84 "Kokoshnik" Enameled Orthodox "Skull" Crucifix Pendant

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (1,015) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202424378636 Beautifully preserved, antique Russian Orthodox Crucifix silver pendant inlaid with green and white enamels featuring image of the Crucifixion and the skull, or Adam's head. The loop is in perfect shape. The crucifix is slightly bent and worn out due to its age and wearing as a "body cross". The enamel is largely preserved. Solid silver, bears the "84" hallmark print and the Imperial Russian "Kokoshnik" mark print. Covered with patches of light silver patina. Origin likely c. late 19th century Imperial Russia. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christian faith. The ends of the crossbars are "budded", with shapes of three circles, or "buds" each. In a Christian context, such a design could symbolically represent the Holy Trinity, similarly to the three-leaved clover, or Shamrock. The bottom, widest end of the vertical crossbar pendant is decorated with a vine-like ornament, a symbolic representation of a new growth coming from the Life-Giving Cross, and a reminder of Christ's preaching according to the Saint John's Gospel: "I am the vine; you are the branches" (John 15:5). The obverse of the crucifix pendant bears an image of the Crucifixion, with the Savior, Jesus Christ, crucified on a Latin-shaped cross. The top "budded" end of the cross pendant is inlaid with white enamel, and bears a two-letter, Cyrillic abbreviation meaning "KING OF GLORY". The side "budded" ends of the crucifix are inlaid with green enamel, and bear the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ, as the "IC XC" Greek Christogram. An image of the skull buried below the Crucifixion site 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 of the cross pendant bears a two-letter abbreviation in Cyrillic letters (likely the silversmith's mark) and the "84" hallmark of solid silver, which was the Imperial Russian standard for silver based on the ancient "zolotnik" unit. Next to the "84" hallmark, there is the "Kokoshnik" official assay mark of the Imperial Russia used on solid silver artwork since the late 19th century. The mark appears as a tiny profile of a woman's head with a Russian head dress named "kokoshnik". 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, measuring meter, and decorative stone 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, antique Russian Orthodox Crucifix silver pendant inlaid with green and white enamels featuring image of the Crucifixion and the skull, or Adam's head. The loop is in perfect shape. The crucifix is slightly bent and worn out due to its age and wearing as a "body cross". The enamel is largely preserved. Solid silver, bears the "84" hallmark print and the Imperial Russian "Kokoshnik" mark print. Covered with patches of light silver patina. Origin likely c. late 19th century Imperial Russia. 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: Russian solid silver "84" hallmark, Featured Refinements: Orthodox Crucifix

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