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Lot 0051
Near East, Holy Land, Byzantine Empire, ca. 10th to 11th century CE. A lovely cast-bronze reliquary cross known as an "enkolpion," consisting of two crosses that fit together, a lower clasp, and an upper joint with a pierced suspension bale on top. The obverse face displays a large central Virgin Mary flanked by a pair of smaller figures on the arms, the larger figure with the monogram for "Mother of God" above. The reverse side displays Jesus Christ with outspread arms and a tilted head surrounded by a radiating corona. Fine green and brown patina envelops the entire composition, and the original golden-brown bronze color are visible in scattered areas. Size: 1.9" W x 3.75" H (4.8 cm x 9.5 cm); 4.5" H (11.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Slight bending to both halves, with encrustations along upper joint and lower clasp, and softening to some incised details, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and fabulous green and brown patina throughout. Lower clasp and upper joint are encrusted and cannot be opened.

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Byzantine Bronze Reliquary Cross w/ Incised Decoration

Estimate $800 - $1,200Apr 4, 2019