Cross "The Crucifixion". Brass casting, 4½" x 3" (11.4 x 7.6 cm). 17th to early 18th century. In very good condition. 1 only.
The Lord of Sabaoth in clouds and blessing with both hands at the top end. Holy Spirit as an image of a dove and angels bowing in flight on the upper bar. Christ on the Cross with the Lance and Sponge, the instruments of Passion and Adam's skull at Golgotha at the bottom end. Inscriptions in Slavonic include "Lord Sabaoth", "Holy Spirit", "King of Glory", "Jesus Christ", "NIKA", and "The place of the skull became Paradise". Longer prayers include: "We adore thy cross, Master, and we glorify thy holy Resurrection", and "Крест – хранитель всей Вселенной. Крест – церковная красота. Крест – церквям держава. Крест – верным утверждение. Крест – ангелам слава. Крест - бесом язва." (The Cross is the guardian of the Universe; the Cross is the beauty of the Church; the Cross is the might of kings; the Cross is the affirmation of the faithful; the Cross is the glory of angels and a plague to demons.)