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Gold Cross with Oval Lapis Lazuli Icon Depicting Christ - FJ.5190
Origin: Syria
Circa: 1100 AD to 1400 AD
Dimensions: 1.5" (3.8cm) high
Collection: Medieval
Style: Medieval
Medium: Lapis Lazuli, Gold


Additional Information: SOLD
$6,000.00
Location: United States
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This beautiful icon depicts Jesus Christ’s head and torso carved on an oval shaped background. Behind Christ’s head is a halo with stylized rays of light which symbolize holiness and enlightenment radiating outward from his head. In his left hand he holds a scroll and his right hand is raised in a gesture of benediction. Upon the reverse of the icon is a cross whose arms have ornate terminals. The naturalistic style in which the face is rendered and the expression of dignified serenity cannot fail to impress the viewer with its w arm benevolence and spiritual power and testify to the skill and sensitivity of the anonymous artist who created this unique work of art. This depiction of Christ as a teacher of mankind and a redeemer of sinners possesses a spiritual quality which transcends time and appeals to the modern viewer and connoisseur as it did to those who gazed upon it centuries ago. - (FJ.5190)

 

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