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Cross, Byzantine, Alpha and Omega, 9th-11th Century, Rare

Lead; 26mm x 2mm; 4.0gm

This curious cross is actually made from two wafer thin pieces that have affixed to each other by tiny copper pins that have been peened.

Obv/ As seen in the photo, the letters are in Greek: top to bottom, Kappa, Alpha, Rho and Mu; on the cross bar left to right; Alpha and small Omega (ω) = the Beginning and the End = Jesus Christ.

Rev/ Glagolitic script (!)

Seller's Note/ Just in case you've forgotten, "the Glagolitic script is the oldest known Slavic alphabet. It is generally agreed to have been created in the 9th century by Saint Cyril, a Byzantine monk from Thessalonica. He and his brother, Saint Methodius, were sent by the Byzantine Emperor Michael III in 863 to Great Moravia to spread Christianity among the West Slavs in the area. The brothers decided to translate liturgical books into the Old Slavic language that was understandable to the general population, but as the words of that language could not be easily written by using either the Greek or Latin alphabets, Cyril decided to invent a new script, Glagolitic, which he based on the local dialect of the Slavic tribes from the Byzantine theme of Thessalonica." Who knew!

Thanks and a tip of the hat to Shawn C on the Forum Discussion Board for his ID!

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