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Byzantine Bronze Reliquary Cross - FJ.6265
Origin: Bethlehem
Circa: 500 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 2.25" (5.7cm) high
Collection: Byzantine Art
Medium: Bronze/Gold


Location: United States
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For Christians the cross is the most potent symbol in existence, representing earthly suffering, spiritual liberation and eternal life. This handsome cross shows the crucifixion on one side, and the image of a saint on the other. Christ is given a somewhat abstract treatment, with his head and waist separated from the body, with a deep deft down his chest exposing his heart. Double lines around his head give the impression of a halo. On the reverse the saint lifts his hands in a blessing, or to reveal the stigmata. His body too seems as if it is half in the other world of spirit. Since this is a reliquary, the hair or other part of the saint is locked inside, still sealed after these many centuries. With pure simplicity this lovely cross shows the passion of Christ and the piety of a saint, locked together in a pious bond for eternity. - (FJ.6265)

 

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