RARE 15-16th CENTURY ORTHODOX CROSS HOLY FACE OF JESUS "DEESIS" SAINT NICHOLAS

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (863) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202424335647 Unique, rare ancient Eastern Orthodox, or Eastern Catholic iconic Cross pendant featuring the Holy Face of Jesus (the Veil of St. Veronica), the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Baptist, and Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. The cross appears to be cast from bronze, or similar copper alloy circa 15-16th century (according to the literature describing similar artifacts). The cross appears to be mildly bent/deformed and worn out according to its age. There is a small superficial crack on one side of the lower vertical crossbar, likely resulting from the bending. It does not appear to cause moving of any part of the cross. The cross has a well preserved loop for wearing as a necklace. Covered with beautiful, original green patina from the past centuries. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic ancient symbol of Orthodox Christian faith. The top wider part bears a heavily worn-out inscription in Church Slavonic, likely the traditional "KING OF GLORY" combined with the "IC XC" Greek Christogram or similar abbreviation of the Holy Name of Jesus. The centerpiece of the cross below bears an iconic image of the Holy Face of Jesus ("Not Made by Human Hands"). This image is considered to be the oldest known Christian icon, and also the oldest known portrait of Jesus. According to the Eastern Church, or Byzantine tradition, King Abgar of Edessa was a leper. He sent his servant to Galilee with a request to Jesus asking Him to come to Edessa and heal him. When Jesus learned about the Abgar's faithful request, He washed Himself with some water. Then, by wiping His face with a linen cloth, He made an imprint of His features, and sent the cloth back to Edessa. When Abgar beheld the cloth, his leprosy was cured. The image of the Holy Face of Christ on the cloth was preserved for centuries in Edessa as the most sacred treasure. In 944, the Byzantines brought it with a great veneration to Constantinople. It remained there until the capture of the city by the Crusaders in 1204, when it was lost. However, by that time, numerous copies of the image were painted as the Holy Icons, preserving the sacred image to this day. In Greek, this icon is called "Achieropoietos", meaning "not made by human hands". In the Byzantine tradition, the image was sometimes called the Mandylion, meaning "small handkerchief". In the Western Catholic tradition, the image is known as the image of the Holy Face of Jesus, as preserved on the Veil of Saint Veronica. The Veil of St. Veronica is a Christian relic of a piece of cloth which bears a true image of the Holy Face of Jesus. The Western Catholic tradition says that Saint Veronica from Jerusalem met Jesus on his way to Calvary. When she wiped the blood and sweat of His Face with her veil, an image has been imprinted on the cloth. The event is commemorated by the Catholic Church as the Sixth Station of the Cross. According to the Western tradition, the Veil bearing a true image of Christ was able to quench thirst, cure blindness, and even raise the dead. The left and right sides bear iconic images, likely of the sorrowful Most Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist showing the way to Jesus by pointing hands at His image. This composition is known as "Deesis" (Greek: "Prayer") usually showing Jesus Christ flanked by the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist, and images of the selected Saints. The bottom vertical crossbar bears an iconic image of Saint Nicholas (Russian: Nicolay or Nicola/Nikola), one of the most renowned and venerated Christian saints, and a historic 4th-century Greek Bishop of Myra. He is venerated by Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran Christians. The Saint's name is inscribed above the image in Church Slavonic. Because of many miracles attributed to his intersession, the Saint is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. His legendary habit of secret gift giving gave rise to the traditional figure of Santa Claus. He is a patron saint of sailors, merchants, students, children, repentant thieves, and many countries and cities, such as Greece, Russia, Moscow, Amsterdam, Liverpool, and others. 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 unique 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: Unique, rare ancient Eastern Orthodox, or Eastern Catholic iconic Cross pendant featuring the Holy Face of Jesus (the Veil of St. Veronica), the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Baptist, and Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. The cross appears to be cast from bronze, or similar copper alloy circa 15-16th century (according to the literature describing similar artifacts). The cross appears to be mildly bent/deformed and worn out according to its age. There is a small superficial crack on one side of the lower vertical crossbar, likely resulting from the bending. It does not appear to cause moving of any part of the cross. The cross has a well preserved loop for wearing as a necklace. Covered with beautiful, original green patina from the past centuries. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic ancient symbol of Orthodox Christian faith., Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Material: Bronze or similar copper alloy, Featured Refinements: Antique Cross pendant

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