A Rare Russian Gold Encolpion (Reliquary) Cross

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17th Century

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The top plate cast with the Corpus and engraved with foliage, the border edged by seed pearls, set with two emeralds, the top with a diamond-set crown (later), the bottom with three white stones, the back inscribed in Old Church Slavonic with the names of the relics contained as follows: top, Mantle of the Lord; left, Mantle of the Blessed Virgin, Blood of the Lord; right, Wood of the Cross of the Lord; center, Stone from the Sepulchre of the Lord, Pillar of Christ, Milk of the Blessed Virgin, Stone from the Sepulchre of the Virgin, Relic of St. Mary of Egypt; left, Relic of the Martyr Agrippina; right, Relic of the Martyr Irene; bottom arc, unclear; arc left, Relic of the Martyr Paraskeva; arc right, Relic of the Martyr Natalia; left arm from end, Relic of the Martyr Nikita; top, Relic of Anna, Mother of the Virgin; center, relic of St. Martha; bottom, Relic of St. Evdokia, Relic of St. Matthew the Evangelist; right arm from end, Relic of Alexander Svirskii, top, Relic of St. Nicholas the Miracleworker; center, Relic of John the Merciful; bottom, Relic of Alexander the Man of God, Relic of Ignatii the Bearer of God. Together with a later gold and pearl chain.