Orthodox cross brooch – handcrafted and recycled from an unloved vintage spoon
Amongst the oldest Christian communities of the world. The top bar symbolizes the sign that was hung above the head of Christ, it was written: “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. The lower bar is the foot-rest. According to the Russian Orthodox tradition the feet are depicted as being nailed not at one point but individually at the two sides of the footrest. The slanted line reminds us of the two thieves on both sides of the cross. One of them to the right of Christ ascended to Heaven, while the other one sank to Hell. Thus bottom bar of the cross is like the scale of justice and its points show the way to the Hell and Heaven. Other names for the symbol include the Russian cross, and Slavonic or Suppedaneum cross.
In Eastern Christianity, the most widely used Christogram is a four-letter abbreviation, ΙϹ ΧϹ—a traditional abbreviation of the Greek words for “Jesus Christ” (i.e., the first and last letters of each of the words “ΙΗϹΟΥϹ ΧΡΙϹΤΟϹ”
I have lovingly crafted this cross brooch from a beautiful but unwanted, unloved vintage spoon. It is hand cut, carved and engraved using traditional hand saws, chisels and files. This traditional process allows me to have a close connection to each piece. This also gives the added bonus of each piece being completely unique. Each cross is individually handmade and recycled in Cambridge, England. It comes complete with remaining ‘donor’ spoon which is a lovely objet d’art in itself.
Size : Approx 45 mm * 30 mm
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