Double-sided Byzantine Reliquary Cross An intact Byzantine bronze cross, formed of two halves with suspension loop at the top and hinge at .. Product #: ES-19320 Regular price: $595.00 $595.00 Sold
Double-sided Byzantine Reliquary CrossDouble-sided Byzantine Reliquary Cross

Double-sided Byzantine Reliquary Cross

Product Code: ES-19320
Length: 9.7CM
Width: 4.2CM

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An intact Byzantine bronze cross, formed of two halves with suspension loop at the top and hinge at the bottom. One side features an incised depiction of Christ in orans position, draped in long robes with a cloak over. The other side most likely features Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the same orans position. Orthodox Christianity placed great emphasis on the pocession and wearing of relics. Most often they would be something that has come into contact with the body of the saint or Christ himself, such as a piece of the cross, linen, hair or bones....

An intact Byzantine bronze cross, formed of two halves with suspension loop at the top and hinge at the bottom. One side features an incised depiction of Christ in orans position, draped in long robes with a cloak over. The other side most likely features Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the same orans position. Orthodox Christianity placed great emphasis on the pocession and wearing of relics. Most often they would be something that has come into contact with the body of the saint or Christ himself, such as a piece of the cross, linen, hair or bones. It was believed to transmit the person’s essence. This reliquary once held a piece like that.


Period: 10th - 12th century

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