The royal orb

The back side

We can see the back side of the top cross adorned with acanthus and vine ornaments and an interesting motif of a flame that is accentuated by red enamel and resembles the golden fleece iconography. In the middle of the back side of the cross, there is the inscription DEUS CELUM REGNAT ET REGES TERRE (God reigns in heaven, kings reign on the earth). The six small sphinxes form the base of the cross.

Out of the scenes on the upper hemisphere, we can see the anointment of King David (on the right) and the battle of David with Goliath (on the left). On the lower hemisphere, there is the Creator warning Adam and Eve in front of the Tree of Knowledge (on the right) and Adam kneeling before the Creator (on the left).

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