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Enameled Brass Cross - PF.5242
Origin: Russia
Circa: 1750 AD to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 10.5" (26.7cm) high x 5.25" (13.3cm) wide
Collection: Russian
Medium: Enameled Brass

Location: United States
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The metaphysical element of Christianity is here blended with the graphic reality of Christ's crucifixion. God the Father watches from above, offering His blessings, with prostrate angels on either side and the Holy Spirit (as a dove) in the center. The sun and moon look down from upper ends of the horizontal panel, with Jerusalem seen in the distance and the rolling, barren hills of Golgotha below, at the center of which is the skull of Adam. On the back the inscription reads:

".Cross, the keeper of the Universe Cross, the beauty of the Church Cross, the power of kings Cross, the support for the faithful ones Cross, the glory of angels Cross, the beginning of everything."

Designed for use by Orthodox priests in giving their blessings to members of their church, this cross retains the piety and passion for their God; Who was crucified for the sins of mankind, and WHo lives in the hearts of the faithful and in works of art created by skilled and pious artists.
- (PF.5242)


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