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pectoral cross

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  • Description

    Pectoral cross; silver-gilt; with a cruciform field on the front and back, within a foliate border; obverse, a cross between the Instruments of the Passion, with inscription; reverse, two inscriptions, one from Corinthians chI v18, the second from Galatians chVI v14; suspension loop at the top.

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Upb CŚOI
      • Inscription Translation

        King of Glory
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        IC XC CHB boXIN
      • Inscription Translation

        Jesus Christ Son of God
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Translation

        But the preaching of the cross is to those who perish, foolishness: But to us who are saved it is the power of God.
      • Inscription Comment

        Corinthians chI.v18 and Galatians chVI.v14.
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Inscription from: Corinthians
    • Inscription from: Galatians
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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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