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Byzantine portable cross

Of the patée type on account of the small discs (paws) at the corners of its flaring arms, the cross is made of cast brass and engraved with roundels containing six-petalled flowers.  Ornaments of this type are commonly found in early Christian silverware and  architectural decoration.  At the base, the remaining part of a small flange, or tang, indicates that this small cross was probably once fixed to a handle as a portable item of personal devotion.

Asia Minor, probably Cappadocia

Height: 14 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Private collection, Munich

Exhibited / Published
East Christian Art, London 1987, cat. no. 30

£ 950