Beautifully preserved, rare large hand-made silver Russian Orthodox Cross pendant featuring ornate “budded” design with colored enamel inlays. Solid silver of likely Imperial Russian origin, bears the “84” silver hallmark, the Imperial Russian “Kokoshnik” mark print, and a maker’s mark. The images and inscriptions appear to be hand-carved or struck with hand tools of the silversmith, and were originally decorated with three-color enamel inlays, blue, green and red (partially preserved). The cross is slightly bent, scratched and worn out due to its age and wearing, and covered with patches of silver patina. The necklace bale shows signs of repair made at some point of the item’s history. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic antique symbol of Christian faith. The ends of the crossbars are “budded”, with shapes of three circles, or “buds” each. In a Christian context, such a design could symbolically represent the Holy Trinity, similarly to the three-leaved clover, or Shamrock. The obverse of the cross pendant bears a hand-carved image of the three-bar Suppedaneum cross with several inscriptions made with Cyrillic letters. The Byzantine three-bar cross is venerated in the Orthodox and some Eastern Catholic churches. Such a cross has three horizontal crossbeams: the top one represents the “INRI” nameplate, and the bottom one, a footrest. The footrest crossbeam is depicted pointing up, toward Heaven, on Christ’s right hand side where the Penitent thief, St. The top “budded” end of the vertical crossbar of the pendant bears an abbreviated inscription in Church Slavonic meaning “INRI”. The left and right side “budded” ends of the central horizontal crossbar bear the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ inscribed as the Greek Christogram, the “IC” on the left, and the “XC” on the right. The reverse of the cross pendant bears a two-letter abbreviation with Cyrillic letters , likely maker’s mark of a master silversmith , and the “84” hallmark of silver, which was the Imperial Russian standard for silver based on the ancient “zolotnik” unit. Next to the “84” hallmark, there is the “Kokoshnik” official assay mark of the Imperial Russia used on solid silver artwork since the late 19th century. The mark appears as a tiny profile of a woman’s head with a Russian head dress named “Kokoshnik”. Please examine all photographs carefully and do your own research if necessary. Please note that photographs are an important part of the item’s description. Quarter coin, measuring meter, and decorative stone are not for sale, and are photographed with the item in order to provide a size reference and artistic background. There are no guarantees with the listing because most items are original vintage or antique objects that are quite old. The item “RARE 19th CENTURY SOLID SILVER 84 ORTHODOX ORNATE HAND-CARVED CROSS with ENAMEL” is in sale since Sunday, January 20, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Christianity\Crucifixes & Crosses”. The seller is “godblessyou21″ and is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Saint lucia, Egypt, Iceland, Jordan, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay, Russian federation, South africa.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown
- Material: Solid silver “84” hallmark; colored enamel
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