Byzantine Christian Pectoral Reliquary Cross, 8th - 9th Century AD, Depicting the Virgin Mary

Ancient Coins - Byzantine Christian Pectoral Reliquary Cross, 8th - 9th Century AD, Depicting the Virgin Mary
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Byzantine Empire, circa 8th - 9th Century AD
A fine bronze pectoral reliquary cross half measuring 84 x 45mm. Depicted on the face is the Virgin Orans, or standing facing with upraised hands and wearing a long robe. Beneath her is the full length robed figure of Saint George and to each side smaller robed busts of the Apostles John and Peter. A single one line inscription above is either a local dialect or simply blundered but intending to mean "All Hallowed". A superb example and finely engraved with some adhesions to the interior surface and exhibiting a lovely patina.

The tradition or relics became popularized by Helena who, as mother of Constantine The Great and with imperial funding, embarked on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 326 AD. It was during this trip where she brought back many relics including a cross which she believed to have been the very same upon which Jesus was crucified. In later times it became popular to obtain small fragments of wood, bone, skin and other items believed to have originated from or been in association with Jesus, an Apostle, Saint or other Biblical figure. These fragments were frequently enclosed inside these bronze crosses, sealed and worn by the faithful.

Prix SKU: 90194
US$ 2,025.00
US$ 1,822.50
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  • € 1,503.02
  • £ 1,288.33
  • AUD 2,357.95
  • CHF 1,635.88
  • CAD 2,207.59

Cotation au: 06/13/21

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