RARE 15-17th CENTURY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX HAND-CARVED CROSS WORDS OF PRAYER

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (879) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202443208082 Unique, well preserved, ancient Orthodox Cross pendant of a traditional, plain right-angled design. Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy. Handmade, the image and inscriptions on the cross are hand-carved or struck by hand of a master coppersmith. Origin likely c. 15th-17th century Imperial Russia. Slightly worn out due to devotional wearing as a "body" cross, probably by several generations of Christians. Covered with the original, beautiful green patina from the past centuries. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christian faith. 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 crossbar end bears a symbolic depiction of the Hetoimasia (Etimasia), the "Prepared Throne" of the Second Coming of Jesus, as a small "П" shape crowned with the Cross depicted on the necklace bale, according to the ancient tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The symbol is often associated with earlier, possibly Medieval, origin of the Cross image. The top and the bottom ends of the vertical crossbar of the pendant bear the divided "NIKA" symbol (Greek: "VICTORIOUS"), with "NI" placed on the top and "KA" in the bottom. The symbol is referring to Christ's victory over sin and death. 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. The reverse of the cross bears an abbreviated version of the Prayer to the Cross in Church Slavonic meaning "BEFORE THY CROSS WE BOW DOWN IN WORSHIP, O LORD..." The inscription appears to be made with a unique mix of Cyrillic and Latin letters, suggesting an earlier origin of the cross. 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: Unique, well preserved, ancient Orthodox Cross pendant of a traditional, plain right-angled design. Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy. Handmade, the image and inscriptions on the cross are hand-carved or struck by hand of a master coppersmith. Origin likely c. 15th-17th century Imperial Russia. Slightly worn out due to devotional wearing as a "body" cross, probably by several generations of Christians. Covered with the original, beautiful green patina from the past centuries. 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: Bronze or similar copper alloy, Featured Refinements: Orthodox Cross

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