RARE ANTIQUE 12-13th CENTURY LARGE ORTHODOX ICONIC CRUCIFIX VIRGIN MARY ST. JOHN

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (883) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202532906381 Gorgeous, extremely rare, exceptionally preserved, authentic medieval pectoral (neck) Crucifix featuring iconic depiction of the Crucifixion according to the Byzantine tradition framed with images of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saints Michael and Gabriel the Archangels. The reverse bears image of the three-bar Orthodox Cross with the Sacred Name of Jesus inscribed as the "IC XC" Greek Christogram. Handmade from bronze or a similar copper alloy c. 12-13th century (according to the available catalog literature), covered with beautiful dark "gunmetal" patina. The cross is slightly deformed (bent), but the loop is perfectly preserved and robust. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic ancient symbol of Christian faith. The obverse of the Crucifix bears an image of the crucified Savior, Jesus Christ. The side end of the horizontal crossbar at the right hand of crucified Jesus bears an image of His grieving Mother, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. The opposite side crossbar end at the left hand of Jesus bears an image of St. John the Apostle, the Disciple to whom crucified Jesus said, "Behold, your mother" (John 19:27). The upper and lower ends of the vertical crossbar bear iconic images of Saints Michael (top) and Gabriel (bottom) the Archangels. The reverse 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 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. 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 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: Gorgeous, extremely rare, exceptionally preserved, authentic medieval pectoral (neck) Crucifix featuring iconic depiction of the Crucifixion according to the Byzantine tradition framed with images of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saints Michael and Gabriel the Archangels. The reverse bears image of the three-bar Orthodox Cross with the Sacred Name of Jesus inscribed as the "IC XC" Greek Christogram. Handmade from bronze or a similar copper alloy c. 12-13th century (according to the available catalog literature), covered with beautiful dark "gunmetal" patina. The cross is slightly deformed (bent), but the loop is perfectly preserved and robust. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic ancient symbol of Christian faith., Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Material: Bronze or similar copper alloy, Featured Refinements: Ancient Orthodox Cross

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