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Lot 0261
**Originally Listed At $900**

Ancient Near East, Holy Land, early Byzantine Empire, ca. 6th to 9th century CE. A fine processional cross of a simplified form forged from iron. The cross has a quartet of equally-sized arms which project from a central joint, and the crucifix is supported atop a conical socketing shaft for mounting atop a large pole. The Byzantine Empire was established in the fourth century CE when the Emperor Constantine, also known as Saint Constantine, Christianized the Roman Empire and pronounced the city of Constantinople in Byzantium as the capital. The visual culture of this era demonstrates a synthesis of classical Greek, Roman, and Christian influences. Size: 7.5" W x 11.5" H (19 cm x 29.2 cm); 12" H (30.5 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Losses to tips of some arms and socketing shaft as shown, with expected oxidation commensurate with age, and extensive pitting. Light patina throughout.

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Holyland / Early Byzantine Iron Cross Standard

Estimate $1,800 - $2,700
$7500 bids
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