Byzantine Bronze Reliquary Cross A Byzantine bronze reliquary cross made up of two parts, hinged at the base. The front depicts a cru.. Product #: AH-356 Regular price: $350.00 $350.00 Sold
Byzantine Bronze Reliquary CrossByzantine Bronze Reliquary Cross

Byzantine Bronze Reliquary Cross

Product Code: AH-356
Width: 4.2CM
Height: 6.6CM

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A Byzantine bronze reliquary cross made up of two parts, hinged at the base. The front depicts a crucified Jesus, arms outstretched. Three further figures are also represented on the front. To the right is a female figure, her head covered. Most likely this is a depiction of the Virign Mary, standing at Jesus' side as he is crucified. To the left stands another figure, although less defined. This could be the figure of St John, whom Jesus asks to care for his mother after his death. Above Jesus is an angel-type figure, which could also be a depiction of...

A Byzantine bronze reliquary cross made up of two parts, hinged at the base. The front depicts a crucified Jesus, arms outstretched. Three further figures are also represented on the front. To the right is a female figure, her head covered. Most likely this is a depiction of the Virign Mary, standing at Jesus' side as he is crucified. To the left stands another figure, although less defined. This could be the figure of St John, whom Jesus asks to care for his mother after his death. Above Jesus is an angel-type figure, which could also be a depiction of the Holy Spirit. On the reverse  is an inscribed cross and the inscription IC XC NI KA, refering to the Greek ΙΗϹΟΥϹ ΧΡΙϹΤΟϹ NIKA, Jesus Christ Victorious.

The reliquary contains niello inlays to the front and reverse. The loop has also been replaced in antiquity. A very wearable cross.

c. 10th - 12th century A.D.

 

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