Cross with Mourners and Feastday Icons

Cross

Materials:

Brass and Enamel

Dimensions:

W 12.5 cm x H 25.8 cm

Accession Number:

587.84

Credit Line:

Gift. Svarkov, V.

Description

Cast brass eight-pointed cross with blue enamel over scale-like background. Over figure of crucified Christ are two angles, Lord Sabaoth, and Holy Spirit in form of dove. On left of cross are figures of Virgin Mary and St. Mary, on right are John the Theologian and Longinus the Centurion. Over mourners are half-figures of Archangel Michael and Apostle Peter, Archangel Gabriel and Apostle Paul. Over top of cross are five icons depicting feastdays: Presentation of Our Lord, Entry into Jerusalem, Descent into Hades, the Ascention, and the Old Testament Trinity. Along top are eight seraphim. On reverse is inscription in Church Slavonic: Крестъ хранитель всея вселенныя... ("The cross is the guardian of the whole earth...")