M123 Byzantine bronze reliquary cross £800

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A fine bronze reliquary cross cast in two pieces and decorated to both sides with Christian figures and inscriptions.

One side depicts Mary and Jesus, the other side depicts four saints surrounding a circular recess

The damaged side depicts Mary, the mother of Christ.

Byzantine, 9th to 13th Century AD

Intact as shown and unopened, circular inlay lost on one side

Size: 10 x 4.9 cms

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