RARE 15-17th CENTURY RUSSIAN NORTH HAND-CARVED ORTHODOX CROSS "CROWN OF THORNS"

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (883) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202422450798 Rare, ancient, hand-carved larger Orthodox Cross pendant featuring a Russian "Norse" design and words of an Orthodox Prayer that appears to be a short abbreviated version of Psalm 68 in Church Slavonic. Well preserved, ancient, antique condition. Cast from bronze or similar brass-like copper alloy. Origin likely c. 15th-17th century Imperial Russian North (judged by the image of the Cross on the obverse). Mildly worn out and bent, has few superficial scratches and dents of various size and depth (mostly on the reverse). Covered with the original, uncleaned rare 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 obverse of the cross pendant bears a Byzantine-like Suppedaneum cross. 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. There is a symbolic image of the Crown of Thorns, or a wreath, in the centerpiece making it similar to the Sun circle in the middle of a Celtic Cross, or a Solar Cross. The Crown or a wreath on the cross usually means that suffering or bearing the Cross of those who believe in Christ is ultimately rewarded by a crown of the eternal life in His Heavenly Kingdom. The unique features of this pendant's design include the Suppedaneum cross having its top crossbeam attached on the top of the cross, according to the ancient tradition of the Russian North. The footrest crossbeam is positioned horizontally at the bottom, which is often associated with earlier, possibly Medieval, origin of the image (later, the footrest bar has been traditionally depicted pointing up, toward Heaven, on Christ's right hand side where the Penitent thief, St. Dismas was crucified). The top "boxed" end of the vertical crossbar incorporates the two-word, abbreviated inscription meaning "KING OF GLORY" used in the Eastern Orthodox pectoral crosses as a nameplate in their top part. The side "boxed" ends of the central horizontal crossbar bear the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ inscribed as the Greek Christogram, as the "IC" on the left, and the "XC" on the right. In the bottom "boxed" end of the vertical crossbar, there is an abbreviated "NIKA" ("VICTORY") inscription made in Cyrillic letters as "НИК", another symbol of Christ's victory over sin and death, the redemption of humankind and reclaiming of the lost paradise. The reverse of the cross bears an Orthodox Prayer that appears to be an abbreviated version of Psalm 68 in Church Slavonic meaning "MAY GOD ARISE AND MAY HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED...". The words of the prayer are partially worn out and poorly identifiable. This psalm-based prayer is traditionally inscribed on the reverse of the Old Believers' Orthodox body (Baptism) cross pendants, meaning to provide protection of the faithful cross-bearer against the evil spirits (God's enemies), and thereby is considered a version of the Exorcism prayer. 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: Rare, ancient, hand-carved larger Orthodox Cross pendant featuring a Russian "Norse" design and words of an Orthodox Prayer that appears to be a short abbreviated version of Psalm 68 in Church Slavonic. Well preserved, ancient, antique condition. Cast from bronze or similar brass-like copper alloy. Origin likely c. 15th-17th century Imperial Russian North (judged by the image of the Cross on the obverse). Mildly worn out and bent, has few superficial scratches and dents of various size and depth (mostly on the reverse). Covered with the original, uncleaned rare 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: Ancient "Norse" Orthodox Cross, Type: Pendant

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