Russia Applied Art Religious Body Cross and Chain

Body Cross and Chain

A wide array of silver crosses were created in medieval Russia, ranging from simple four-ended crosses to handsome works decorated with multiple braiding and multi-coloured enamel. Body crosses were small in size and worn on the chest (usually beneath the clothes). The cross symbolises the salvation of mankind.

The chain was made from thin silver wire. Each link consisted of three welded volutes, forming a figure eight and two figured ends.

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