Antique 18th Century Russian Orthodox Brass blessing Cross
An antique 18th century circa 1750 A.D. Russian orthodox brass blessing Cross of a rare form.
Jesus is depicted crucified in the center in a Byzantine manner flanked by a Holy Spear of Longinus and the Holy sponge, with one arm of the cross inclined to symbolize his value as the 'Scales of Justice'. At his feet, there is the skull of Adam, a symbol of humanity redeemed from original sin through the sacrifice of Jesus, while above the cross is the Byzantine cosmos with the blessing God Father “LORD SABAOTH”, the dove of the Holy Spirit and two angels waiting for the body and soul of Jesus. The middle bar of the cross, is incised with the text of prayer and two six-winged Seraphim angels on the top.
The reverse of the crucifix is incised with the text of prayer.
MEASUREMENTS: 20 cm x 12.3 cm (7.87 inches’ x 4.84 inches)
CONDITION: CONDITION: In good condition considering its age, showing the age and usage.
Similar in form 18th century cross is published in the following books.
1. Kleines Brevier für Freunde Russischer Metall-Ikonen by Karleberhard Bruns. Page.22-23.
2. Russische Metall-Ikonen - in Formsand gegossener Glaube by Stefan Jeckel. Page .181.
Since the market is flooded by reproductions of antique Russian brass crosses, which for inexperienced collectors look the same, we would like to inform our clients that this is a 100% authentic antique Russian cross and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity together with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references.