Old Believer Carved Wood Cross. Carved in relief from linden wood. Cross and star incised into back together with inscription "Спаси и Сохрани" (Save and Protect). Ball finials top and bottom. Detailed Crucifixion composition on the front with “Lord Sabaoth,” (God the Father) at top represented by "БГЪ", and ИНЦИ abbreviation. ИНЦИ is "Иисус Назарянин, Царь Иудейский" (Jesus Christ, King of the Jews). This is followed by "IC" and "XC" at the far ends of the horizontal, i.e., the abbreviation for “Jesus Christ,” and "ЦС", "King of Glory". Two additional abbreviations at the center and bottom are "НИКА", which is Greek for “He Conquers and "ГА", the head, or skull, of Adam.
Made in Russia. Mid-1990's. 3½"x 2". Gift boxed. Excellent condition. 1 only.