EARLY CHRISTIAN CROSS C.900-1000 AD.
3/4" height. Silvered bronze. Symmetrical with diamond center and cusped edges. Each beam terminal with a ball finial. The emergence from the Dark Ages is embodied in the rise to power of the Frankish King, Charlemagne in 768 (founder of the Holy Roman Empire after 800) followed by conquering southern Europe from France to Italy and much of Northern Europe. The condition for peace was acceptance of Christianity, under penalty of death. Conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore small crosses to affirm their Christianity. Professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored on a sterling silver neck chain. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.