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Enameled Brass Cross - PF.5248
Origin: Russia
Circa: 1750 AD to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high x 4.25" (10.8cm) wide
Collection: Russian Crosses
Style: Russian Orthodox
Medium: Enameled Brass

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On this cross God the Father looks down upon the poignant scene of Christ's Crucifixion. Two angels swoop down, their wings like fire, their bodies stationary yet full of energy. At left Mary Magdalen bows her head in reverence and sorrow, with an attendant standing next to her. At right St. John looks up at Jesus with his hands clasped in prayer, while St. George the 'victor' holds a spear, watching the scene in some bewilderment. Jerusalem, in the style of a medieval Russian town, is seen behind the barren hills of Golgotha. At the bottom is the skull of Adam, the earthly remains of Man juxtaposed to the eternal nature of God above. The detailed floral patterns on the reverse are typical of the 'Lubok' style. This collection of scenes, referring to a single event with different levels of perspective, is set against a background of very lovely pale blue. Within the boundaries of this cross are the elements, both physical and metaphysical, which lie at the heart of the Christian religion. - (PF.5248)

 

 

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