FINE EASTERN EUROPEAN CHRISTIAN CROSS NECKLACE
17th-18th century, Orthodox rite. Gilt bronze, just under 1 3/4” height. High relief decorated. The front with a vacant cross with Cyrillic ciphers at the beam terminals and charges above. Reverse flat with curvilinear vignettes as with early examples and likely dating to the late 1600s. Light surface texture from burial with the relief in high crisp detail. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored and on a modern gilt silver-mounted polished leather neck cord for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.