M116 Byzantine bronze reliquary cross £450

 


A bronze reliquary cross cast in two pieces and decorated to both sides with Christian figures and an inscription above.

The damaged side depicts Mary, the mother of Christ.

Byzantine, 9th to 13th Century AD

The two sides have separated due to minor damage to the upper hinge, there is a small hole on one side and an associated crack

Size: 8 x 4.4 cms

Ex. private collection, Dusseldorf, Germany; acquired in the late 20th Century