A GEMSET SILVER-GILT AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL PECTORAL CROSS

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MOSCOW, CIRCA 1784

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A GEMSET SILVER-GILT AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL PECTORAL CROSS
MOSCOW, CIRCA 1784
Of typical form, centering an en plein enameled plaque depicting the cruicified Christ, on a white ground, within a border inset with paste diamonds, rubies and garnets, surmounted by a similarly gemset crown, the reverse of the cross inscribed in Russian to Archimandrite Amfilokhiy and dated 1784, with suspension loop and silver-gilt chain, apparently unmarked
5½ in. (13.9 cm.) high, excluding chain
The inscription on the reverse of the cross reads: 'This cross of the Rostov Yakovlev Monastery is the property of Archimandrite Amfilokhiy. Made in Moscow in 1784 February [?]'