Monday, 31 December 2007

Van artefact 1a3: in the middle to the right of the crevice, the Armenian script is large and legible (although I cannot read Armenian) and, immediately above it, there is a broader cross, which resembles a Byzantine Cross(1)(2)(3); to the left of the crevice, there are fine designs, like the croix fourchée (forked cross)(4)(5).
  1. All four arms of the Greek Cross/St. George's Cross would typically be of equal length and would be straight and unadorned.(3)
  2. The Maltese Cross/St. John's Cross is similar to the Greek Cross, but its arms flare.(3)
  3. None of these would fit the definition of a Maltese Cross by the Order of St. John's Reverend Dr. Michael Foster.
  4. The arms of the Cross of the Knights Templars are straight and the downward arm is longer than the others, but their flourishes couldn't be called forks, curves or points.
  5. The forks on the arms are angular, not curved, so they cannot be confused with those of the Cross Moline.

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