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Altar Cross of St. King Stefan Uros II Milutin from Banjska Monastery

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Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

             
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Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

Silver filigree Altar Cross from Banjska Monastery

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DESCRIPTION

Altar Cross with circular stand. Inspired by the similar altar cross from Jerusalem, Holy Land. The crucifixion is  intricately hand carved in pear wood with four Gospel writers and set in silver filigree. Votive text is hand engraved on the rim of the stand:

 "This cross was crafted in 2007. due to the efforts of the brotherhood of banjska monastery and generous donation of Mr. Dejan Radojevic from Kos(ovska) Mitrovica,in honour of the Christ-adoring and charitable, holy king steven uros II milutin."

Engraved votive text on the rim of altar cross

From the bottom side of the stand, on the central rosette, there is a solid silver circular plaque with hand engraved inscription:

 "CRAFTED BY LORD'S SERVANT, SILVERSMITH Goran RistoviC Pokimica"

Hand engraved inscription on the Altar cross stand

 

 For decoration of the cross a total of 33 pearls, 22 garnets and 50 corals were used.

 

WOODEN CHEST

The altar cross is placed in wooden chest 59 x 39 x 24 cm high, which is bound from the outside with blacksmith artwork containing old padlock. The interior of the chest is cushioned  with royal blue mohair decorated with silver plated tacks. The altar cross is placed over a mohair pad and secured with two leather straps. The interior of the cover is also cushioned and decorated with silver plated tacks, containing two leather straps which hold the leather parchment Charter.

 

CHARTER

The Charter is 100 cm long and 30 cm wide, hand written by renowned Serbian calligrapher Svetozara Pajic Dijak from Novi Sad, on goat leather - parchment with decorative flags and initials. The beginning of the text is cited from the biography of King Milutin which was composed by Archbishop Danilo: 

"Вазљубљени љубитељи Христа, ево се сада спрема ум слабога самисла худога и смртнога тела мога, и хоће да принесе достојне похвале онима који Христа заволеше. Али не знам како и где да нађем речи за то. Но најпре споменух Бога, и узвеселих се, и онда припадам овима које хоћу да похвалим, и молим се и говорим: Добри и свемилостиви и најмилосрднији и незлобиви Господе, који не желиш смрти људима, него хоћеш да се сви обрате и упуте на покајање. Који си рекао у Твоме светом Еванђељу: Молите се и даће вам се ( Мт. 7,7); и опет: Што год узмолите у молитви верујући, све ће вам се то дати (Мт. 21,22). Зато и ја молим Твоје најмилосрдније човекољубље, да ми се да реч за отварање уста мојих, дарована ми Твојим Светим и Животворним Духом. Јер, утврђиван и уразумљиван Његовом сведаривајућом благодаћу, моћи ћу и ја, грешни и ништавни слуга Твој, да искажем нека дела од мноштва неисказаних чудеса Твојих на нама, а такође и достојним речима да похвалим ове слуге Твоје и господу моју, које Твоја божанска благодат венча и узвеличи и прослави изнад многих моћних и славних на земљи."

 

 

Hand written charter on parchment

 

The text is followed by official signature of St. King Milutin:

 

Hand written charter on parchment

 

and with text which is engraved on the altar cross stand:

"This cross was crafted in 2007. due to the efforts of the brotherhood of banjska monastery and generous donation of Mr. Dejan Radojevic from Kos(ovska) Mitrovica,in honour of the Christ-adoring and charitable, holy king steven uros II milutin."

Seal of the Charter

 

At the bottom of the Charter stands signature line of master calligrapher saying:

"written on this parchment by efforts of sinful servant svetozar pajic dijak."

Charter is decorated with hand chased seal on copper foil which is attached by silk threads and sealed with bee's wax. It has two peacocks and a text:

"ST. Stephen's Banjska monastery"

Seal of the Charter


Material:                silver 950, red corals, red and dark red garnets, pearls, pear-wood.
Technique:             filigree, granulation, wood-carving (Bigic Nenad, Kragujevac), hand engraving (Rade Lazic,
 Kragujevac),
                            calligraphy and copper chasing (Svetozar Pajic-Dijak, Novi Sad), carpentry (Radoljub Cirica, Konarevo -
                            Kraljevo), blacksmith artwork (Blacksmith's workshop KOV-ART, Milojevic Vaso, Zica - Kraljevo), polstry (Rade
                            Dugalic, Mataruska Banja)

Size:                     silver cross 5131.5x23 cm., chest
59 x 39 x 24 cm.
Weight:                 carved crucifixion 235 gr., silver cross 1550 gr.

Year:                     2007.

Commissioned by:  
Mr. Dejan Radojevic, Kosovska Mitrovica
.
In possession of :  
Banjska Monastery, Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia.

 

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