Medieval Pilgrim's Reliquary Cross, 7th-10th C.
Gilt bronze over 1 1/8" height. Centered cross beam. The junction with a square and the beams with an incised medial with remnants of niello inlay. The back is recessed for the inclusion of holy relics such as the hair of a saint. Carried by European pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land to visit the land where Christ lived and died. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored on a gilt Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.