Orthodox extended cross | 24791
- Typ: Russian icon
- Material: Bronze
- Age: 18th century
- Size: 21 x 10.5 cm | 8.3 x 4.1 in
Orthodox extended cross | 24791.
Bronze, brass, and yellow metals combine in this icon, with traces of enamel enhancing its appearance. The icon actively showcases various spiritual scenes.
Four cherubim, celebrated for their closeness to God, crown its top.
Next, from left to right, the Great Feasts appear. These are:
- The Presentation of Christ in the Temple on February 2, marking Jesus’ presentation in Jerusalem.
- The Entry into Jerusalem or Palm Sunday, signifying Jesus’ entry before his crucifixion and resurrection.
- The Resurrection of Christ, celebrating Jesus’ rise from death.
- Ascension, showing Christ’s heavenward return post-resurrection, and the Holy Trinity, tying to Abraham’s hospitality in the Old Testament.
The Crucified Christ dominates the icon’s center, symbolizing sacrifice and redemption. Above him, God the Father and the Holy Spirit as a dove, a peace emblem, are showcased.
On the left, the Mother of God, Mary, and Saint Mary Magdalene appear. We commemorate her on the third Easter Sunday and July 22.
On the right, Saint Apostle John the Theologian, remembered on May 8, stands with Captain Longinus, celebrated on October 16.
The icon’s base shows Adam’s skull, marking Christ’s crucifixion site – Golgotha.
The icon’s back features a cross hymn, underscoring the cross’s significance in sacrifice, resurrection, and salvation.
This unique piece is featured in Jos Opdebeeck’s book – “Metalen Ikonen – Blauwdruk van een verzameling,” published by Campinia Media vzw in 1997, ISBN: 90.356.1088, on page 164.