The original San Damiano crucifix is a Byzantine style icon cross that hung in the San Damiano Catholic church near Assisi, Italy, and it is the cross before which St. Francis of Assisi prayed when he received his commission from Christ to rebuild his Church. St. Francis of Assisi then went on to found a new religious order of mendicant friars, the Franciscans. This San Damiano cross is a stylized replica made of stamped silver with a gold border and well-placed gold accents, attached to a larger piece of dark brown wood. Beautifully captured in this relief-style rendition are the Biblical characters featured in the original icon cross, which includes Mary, the Roman centurion, St. John, St. Peter, angels, and others. This rich and ornate icon cross is imported from Italy and a great size for displaying in a bedroom or office.
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