This cross is from a church in the Middle East and was made over 50 years ago by Assyrian shepherds. At one time the Assyrian churches were all located in mountain caves near southern Turkey where it is believed they moved to after the 13th century. Almost all of these churches have since been relocated to modern cities. These ancient Assyrian churches from the Middle East and Central Asia were closely related to Keikyo in East Asia at one time. They both maintained similar religious traditions and rituals. They used the same liturgies and hymns, recognized the important role of their Church in the Silk Road City of Balkh, and recognized the authority of the same Patriarch located in the Middle East. The Assyrian Churches contributed greatly to the exchange of religion and culture as they traveled back and forth along the Silk Roads . Loan from Saint Thomas Assyrian Church of the East

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