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Complete Byzantine Bronze Reliquary Cross


Description: A good sized and complete Byzantine bronze cross, formed in two halves with suspension loop at the top and hinge at the bottom: One side engraved with the figure of Christ on the cross; reverse side with a saintly figure, arms raised.

(such reliquaries were used to carry relics of Saints, Martyrs splinters of ‘the true cross’ and other religious relics).

Date: C. 10th-12th century A.D.
Region: Europe
Material: Bronze
Size: H: 52mm W: 25mm
Ref: The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843-1261, pg 173, item 124C.



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