RARE ANTIQUE 15-17th CENTURY RUSSIAN NORTH ORTHODOX LARGER SWORD-SHAPED CROSS

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (878) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202423292249 Rare, well preserved, authentic Orthodox "Old Believers" Cross pendant featuring the Russian "Norse" sword-shaped design with the Crown of Thorns in the centerpiece. Antique condition; lightly deformed (bent) and mildly worn out. Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy, covered with beautiful original uncleaned dark green- to gray patina. Origin likely c. 15th-17th century Imperial Russian North (judged by the image of the Cross on the obverse). Could have been worn as a traditional Orthodox "body" (worn below all garments and underwear) pectoral Baptism cross. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christian faith, sound and wearable. The shape of the cross is similar to the Russian Orthodox crosses dated 15-16th century that are "sword"-shaped. In the Western Europe, such a shape of crucifixes and crosses was popular in the medieval period because of the Crusades. In a more general context of the Gospels, a sword-shaped cross refers to the preaching of Christ: "I came not to bring peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34), and "...if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." (Luke 22:36). The obverse of the cross pendant bears a Byzantine-like Suppedaneum cross, surrounded with two Instruments of the Passion of Christ, such as the Holy Lance (spear) and the Holy Sponge attached to the end of a cane, and several inscriptions made with Cyrillic letters. The Byzantine three-bar cross is used in the 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. 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. Accordingly, the top "boxed" end of the vertical crossbar of the pendant bears abbreviated inscription in Church Slavonic meaning "KING OF GLORY" used in the Eastern Orthodox pectoral crosses as a nameplate in their top part. 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 side "boxed" ends of the central horizontal crossbar bear the Sacred Name of Jesus as the "IC XC" Greek Christogram, depicted as "IC" on the left and "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", a symbol of Christ's victory over sin and death, the redemption of humankind and reclaiming of the lost paradise. The letters of the inscription are mildly worn out and difficult to identify. 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 a 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: Rare, well preserved, authentic Orthodox "Old Believers" Cross pendant featuring the Russian "Norse" sword-shaped design with the Crown of Thorns in the centerpiece. Antique condition; lightly deformed (bent) and mildly worn out. Cast from bronze or similar copper alloy, covered with beautiful original uncleaned dark green- to gray patina. Origin likely c. 15th-17th century Imperial Russian North (judged by the image of the Cross on the obverse). Could have been worn as a traditional Orthodox "body" (worn below all garments and underwear) pectoral Baptism cross. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christian faith, sound and wearable., Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Material: Bronze or similar copper alloy, Featured Refinements: Orthodox Cross

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