Russia, 18th to 19th century CE. Very lovely bronze crucifix decorated with added yellow and blue enameling. Depicted on the front is the classic 3 bar cross. The three-barred cross is the most symbolic and common shape in the Orthodox Church. The short topmost bar represents the sign reading "This is the King of the Jews" from Luke 23:38 that was nailed to the top of Christ's cross; the short bottom-most bar represents the foot rest on Christ's cross. This is depicted as slanted because it is believed that, in Christ's final moments, he kicked it out of place. The right side points upward to Heaven and the left side points downward to Hell. Here, the uppermost bar contains a scene of heaven; the lower bar shows a scene on earth. The reverse features approximately 18 lines of Cyrillic text, certainly some form of scripture. A wonderful crucifix scarcely seen on the market! Note: the cord depicted for photography purposes only and is not included. Size: 2.125" H (5.4 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection
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