RARE ANTIQUE 17-18th CENTURY ORTHODOX "OLD BELIEVERS" LARGE ORNATE "SUN" CROSS

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (878) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202457736420 Unique, well preserved, authentic antique large (over 2" long) Eastern Orthodox Cross pendant featuring the traditional Old Believers" Orthodox design with the center of the cross surrounded by a large circle similar to a "Sun", or a Celtic cross, and large solid necklace loop/bale. Handmade, cast from bronze or similar copper alloy, covered with beautiful original green- to brown patina from the past centuries. Slightly bent, scratched on the surface, and worn out as a result of age and devotional wearing as a pectoral, "body" cross, probably by several generations of Christians. The necklace loop/bale is structurally intact and robust. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christianity; origin likely circa 17-18th century Imperial Russia. 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. 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 end of the vertical crossbar incorporates a two-word, abbreviated inscription meaning "KING OF GLORY" used in the Eastern 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. Parallel to the vertical crossbar, there are images of the two Instruments of the Passion (Arms of Christ, Arma Christi), the Holy Lance (spear) of a Roman soldier, and the Holy Sponge attached to the end of a cane or stick. They are subjects to adoration along with the Cross, and are often depicted on the Byzantine-style "Golgotha" crosses worn as Baptism, body crosses for the entire life of a faithful Christian. Just below the central horizontal crossbar, there is the "NIKA" inscription in Church Slavonic (as "NI" on the left and "KA" on the right side) meaning the "VICTORY" of Christ over sin and death. A symbolic, worn out image of the skull, or Adam's head, below the image of the Suppedaneum cross 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. In the bottom end of the vertical crossbar, there is a worn-out four letter abbreviation in Cyrillic letters "MLRB" meaning "THE CALVARY (Golgotha) BECAME PARADISE", a symbol of the execution place becoming a place of the redemption and reclaiming of the lost paradise. The center of the cross is surrounded by a circle similar to a "Solar", or a "Sun", or a Celtic cross. There are four additional, diagonal crossbeams likely symbolizing rays of light or the cross of Saint Andrew the Apostle. St. Andrew is considered the Founder and the first Bishop of the Christian Church of Byzantium, and is the patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Saint Andrew is believed to have been crucified on the Crux decussata (X-shaped cross, or "Saltire"). 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: Unique, well preserved, authentic antique large (over 2" long) Eastern Orthodox Cross pendant featuring the traditional Old Believers" Orthodox design with the center of the cross surrounded by a large circle similar to a "Sun", or a Celtic cross, and large solid necklace loop/bale. Handmade, cast from bronze or similar copper alloy, covered with beautiful original green- to brown patina from the past centuries. Slightly bent, scratched on the surface, and worn out as a result of age and devotional wearing as a pectoral, "body" cross, probably by several generations of Christians. The necklace loop/bale is structurally intact and robust. Authentic antique symbol of Orthodox Christianity; origin likely circa 17-18th century Imperial Russia., Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Material: Bronze or similar copper alloy, Featured Refinements: Orthodox Cross

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