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SUPERB BYZANTINE PILGRIM’S CROSS, 5TH-8TH CENTURY AD (8196036853934)
SUPERB BYZANTINE PILGRIM’S CROSS, 5TH-8TH CENTURY AD (8196036853934)
SUPERB BYZANTINE PILGRIM’S CROSS, 5TH-8TH CENTURY AD (8196036853934)
SUPERB BYZANTINE PILGRIM’S CROSS, 5TH-8TH CENTURY AD (8196036853934)

SUPERB BYZANTINE PILGRIM’S CROSS, 5TH-8TH CENTURY AD

B5022

Regular price $650.00 Sale

The fall of Rome followed the adoption of Christianity and the eastern portion of the Roman Empire carried on as the Byzantine Empire with its capital in Constantinople. Christian Pilgrims would journey from Europe to the Holy Land stopping at sacred sites, such as saint’s burials, along the way. They wore crosses such as this, some of which were hollow backed to house holy relics like the hair of a saint or splinter of the true cross. This one has a flat back and is an especially fine example, about 1 3/4" high with a figure of Christ with hands raised in the orans posture. The rendition is typical of Dark Ages iconography as found on church walls and in stone. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored, on a modern gilt 18” sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certification of authenticity.

 

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