Blessing Cross

Cross, blessing

Creator:

Sazikov (firm)

Date:

1840

Materials:

Silver, Gems and Silver gilt

Dimensions:

W 12 in x H 18.5 in x D 1.25 in

Accession Number:

23.2011

Credit Line:

Transfer. Holy Trinity Monastery. 2011

Description

Silver gilt blessing cross. In center is applied cast figure of crucified Christ. On arms of cross in circular vignettes surrounded by clear inset gems are relief images of God the Father on top, Apostle John on right, Adam's skull entwined by serpent on bottom, Virgin Mary on left. Christ's halo, letters IНЦI, and rays between arms of cross are inset with gems. Cast applique foliate ornamentation around vignettes. On reverse, in center and on arms of cross, are 5 engraved circular vignettes depicting Christ praying in Gethsemane, Christ being judged, Christ carrying cross, deposition from the cross, and entombment of Christ. Vignettes are surrounded by engraved foliate ornaments.

History Note

Used in services at Holy Trinity Monastery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marks: НД over 1840; 84 in rectangle; St. George facing right over 1840 in arch; САЗИКОВЪ.