Material: bronze / brass / yellow metal / copper (Muntz metal).

 

Cross with spear and hyssop stem. Inscription: "King of Glory, Jesus Christ, Son of God"

 

Back: probably Psalm 68,1 / 2: “God rises, His enemies are scattered; those who hate him flee from his face. "

 

The Russian cross also "Orthodox Cross", Byzantine Cross or Slavic Cross is a special form of the Latin cross in heraldry with two horizontal and one inclined cross arms:

 

The top, short cross arm represents the titulus board on which the inscription INRI could be read when Jesus was crucified, the initials for the Latin phrase Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum - "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews".

 

The middle, longer cross arm was intended to attach the arms of a crucified person.

 

The lower, inclined cross arm represents the suppedaneum (supporting footplate, footstep, footstool) on which the crucified were placed.

 

Writing heavily rubbed off.

 

To be seen in: Opdebeeck, Jos - Metalen Ikonen - Blauwdruk van een verzameling, Campinia Media vzw, 1997, ISBN: 90.356.1088, page: 136

Russian cross | Baptismal cross | 24859

SKU: 24859
  • Original antique Russian Orthodox cross

    Certificate of authenticity from an independent expert at the Vienna Dorotheum
  • Age

    18th century
  • Size

    4.0 x 1.8 cm (1.6 x 0.7 in)

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