Spoon Akimov 112.003 «Gold Cross»

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Spoon Akimov 112.003 «Gold Cross»
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Features

Average weight:
6grams
Dimensions:
40 x 15 x 0cm
Materials:
Silver (925). Gilding (999).
Technique:
Miniature relief, casting, gilding, niello, handwork.
Brand:
Akimov
Description

"""O Lord, bless this food”, says a prayer written on the handle of a tiny spoon. The text is edged with concise geometrical ornament with a large gold cross put in the center both of inner and outer sides of the chamber. Quatrefoiled crosses are of very old shape: such crosses are known since Byzantium times and symbolize harmony and unity with God.

Tiny spoon is made of 22-kt silver and plated with 25-kt gold. It is only 4 cm in length, and 6 g for a weight. This spoon will be a wonderful gift on a baby’s baptismal day. The custom of presenting silver spoons “on toothy-peg” has existed in Rus’ for a long time, and is reborn now. It was common among people to buy a silver spoon as a gift for the baby’s first tooth cutting. Later a tradition became permanent of presenting a silver spoon, together with the first close-to-skin cross on baptismal day.

In Rus’ spoon never was simply an article of daily use. In fact, it can be called one of the symbols of Russian culture. The Slavs began to use spoons for a few centuries earlier than Europeans, and only here it became only a personal appliance. Every Russian tried to use the spoon of one’s own (males even always carried one with them) and avoided using borrowed ones. It is therefore not surprising that already in ancient times a tradition has formed to give a spoon on baby’s “toothy-peg” before the first biekost. 

With the advent of the European tradition of the custom of preferring only personal, individual spoon became forgotten. Now many people are even not aware of it. However, it is still spoon that symbolizes prosperity in home; abundance, and peace in the family. That’s why spoon as a gift means wishing wealth, joy and God’s blessing. This is also proved by traditional congratulations whose sense is apparent to everyone: “Dip up ladleful from life!”, “Live with the red spoon!” (Indulge in every pleasure).

The image was assiduously created by German Pozharskiy, the artist, and team members of the “Akimov” Company."

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