2,yellow 14k gold Russian Orthodox crosses/necklace

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  • Item Category: Fraternal, Political, Organizations
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 11, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House
These 2 russian crosses are stamped 14k gold,and are coming to you out of a jewerly store estate.They are new and have never been worn and are aprox 30yrs old.They measure 1 an 3/8 inches long,and have chain-loops on them already.

The Patriarchal cross is a variant of the Christian cross , the universal religious symbol of Christianity . Similar to the familiar Latin cross , the Patriarchal cross possesses a smaller crossbar placed above the main one, so that both crossbars are near the top. Sometimes the patriarchal cross has a short, slanted crosspiece near its foot. This slanted, lower crosspiece often appears in Byzantine Greek and Eastern European iconography , as well as Eastern Orthodox churches .

The symbol, often referred to as the patriarchal cross, appeared in the Byzantine Empire in large numbers in the 9th century. In the Byzantine Empire of the 9th century, the double cross was not a religious, but a political symbol used by Byzantine clerks and missionaries.

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