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Cross of the Knights Templar in Istrian marble, carved and worked by hand - Venice, Italy - 20th/21st century

Lot reference 17816985

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In very good condition and intact, excellent workmanship

Very rare and unique cross of the Knights Templar in Istrian marble, entirely carved and worked by hand, from an important private collection in Venice.

“Non nobis domine, non nobis, sed nomini, tuo da gloriam” is the motto of the Knights Templar of the “Ordo Templi” and means “Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory”.

The text is the translation of the median verses of Psalm 113 (Old Vulgate) or the incipit of Psalm 115 (according to the Hebrew numerals) 114 of the Bible. It is also engraved on the base (wide like the entire façade) of Ca’ Vendramin Calergi on the Grand Canal in Venice. We can find this inscription also on the windows of the façade of Palazzo Zabarella in Padua and on the base of the bell tower of Santa Barbara in Mestre. The words “Non nobis domine non nobis” are engraved on a plaque embedded in the town hall of Salò (BS), on the side facing the lake.

The Knights Templar or simply the Templars were one of the earliest and most popular medieval Christian military orders. The order was founded in the Holy Land after the outbreak of war between Christian and Islamic forces, following the first crusade in 1096. Around 1118-1119 a handful of knights decided to found the original group of the Templars, to protect the numerous European pilgrims arrived in Jerusalem. The order was made official in 1129, with a monastic code, and had the support of Bernard of Clairvaux. The dual role of monks and combatants, which characterised the Knights Templar at the apogee, aroused perplexity among Christians. Over time, the Templars were also involved in agricultural and financial activities, creating a great production system and managing the properties of the pilgrims. In this way they created the most advanced and widespread banking system of that period. In the collective imagination the figure of the Templars remains controversial, because of many legends born between the 18th century and the 19th century, talking about strange rituals and relations (never had) with the Freemasonry. All these legends are only the result of the collective imagination of the cultural movements of Enlightenment, Romanticism and Freemasonry, that criticised the Knights Templar without having conducted careful historical researches and only to attack the Catholic Church.

Work of great symbolic and religious value, of excellent workmanship and quality.
Medium dimensions, well proportioned, not excessively heavy.
Perfect to be hung on the wall.
The marble veins are remarkable, with beautiful patina. The structure of the coat of arms is elegant and was obtained after a long and meticulous handiwork made by the master sculptors of that period.
Exclusive item, one of a kind.
In perfect condition and intact in all its parts.
In case of shipping, it will be delivered in a sturdy wooden crate with appropriate packaging.
Shipping throughout Italy, Europe and the rest of the world at very low rates, with safe and trackable delivery.

- width 35 cm
- length 35 cm
- thickness 6 cm.
Weight: 12 kg.

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