Bronze Reliquary (encolpion) Cross

8th-11th Century Nice Bronze Reliquary (encolpion) Cross
Country Of Origin: Europe
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Byzantine Empire, c. 8th-11th century AD. Nice bronze reliquary (encolpion) cross. Both sides intact and still attached! One side depicts Christ with arms outstretched, small cross above His head. The other side depicts the Virgin Mary with arms upraised Orans. Both nimbate and wearing long robes. Loops still connected with the original ancient wire, large suspension hoop at top. 56 mm (2 3/16") with great green patina. Nice detail, terrible photo.

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