RARE 17-18th CENT. RUSSIAN NORTH "OLD BELIEVERS" ORTHODOX "SKULL" CROSS PSALM 51

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (918) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202544980083 Rare version of ancient Orthodox "Old Believers" Cross pendant featuring plain and humble Russian "Norse" design with hand-carved images and abbreviations on the obverse, and inscription in Church Slavonic on the reverse of the "Repentant" Psalm 51 (50 in the Orthodox Bible) of David the King. Beautifully preserved, ancient, antique condition. Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy. Origin likely c. 17th-18th century Imperial Russian North (judged by the image of the Cross on the obverse). Lightly worn out (mostly the inscription on the reverse), but overall in a very good shape, the solid necklace loop/bale is strong and robust. Covered with the original, uncleaned 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, sound and wearable. The obverse of the cross pendant bears an image of the three-bar Suppedaneum cross. The Byzantine three-bar cross is venerated 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 crossbeam is depicted attached on the top of the cross, according to the ancient tradition of the Russian North. The top end of the vertical crossbar incorporates a two-word, abbreviated inscription in Church Slavonic meaning "KING OF GLORY" used in the Orthodox pectoral crosses as a "nameplate" in their top part. The side 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 end of the vertical crossbar, there is Greek "NIKA" ("VICTORIOUS") inscription made in Cyrillic letters, an ancient symbol of Christ's victory over sin and death. There is a symbolic image of the skull, or Adam's head, buried below the image of the three-bar cross. The symbol 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 also symbolizing the ultimate victory of Christ over sin and death. The reverse of the cross bears an abbreviated inscription in Church Slavonic representing the beginning of the "Repentant" Psalm of David (Psalm 51, or 50 of the Russian Orthodox Bible) inscribed in Church Slavonic meaning "HAVE MERCY ON ME, O GOD, ACCORDING TO THY LOVING KINDNESS...". The Psalm often serves as a prayer request for God's cleansing and pardon, as "a Psalm of David, when Nathan the Prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba". The words of the fragment appear to be exceptionally well preserved and identifiable. 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 version of ancient Orthodox "Old Believers" Cross pendant featuring plain and humble Russian "Norse" design with hand-carved images and abbreviations on the obverse, and inscription in Church Slavonic on the reverse of the "Repentant" Psalm 51 (50 in the Orthodox Bible) of David the King. Beautifully preserved, ancient, antique condition. Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy. Origin likely c. 17th-18th century Imperial Russian North (judged by the image of the Cross on the obverse). Lightly worn out (mostly the inscription on the reverse), but overall in a very good shape, the solid necklace loop/bale is strong and robust. Covered with the original, uncleaned 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, sound and wearable., Material: Bronze or similar copper alloy, Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Featured Refinements: Ancient "Norse" Orthodox Cross, Type: Pendant

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