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Byzantine Bronze Cross - FJ.6260
Origin: Bethlehem
Circa: 500 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 1.75" (4.4cm) high
Collection: Byzantine Art
Medium: Bronze


Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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Though the cross is one of the simplest of forms, it is probably the most poignant. For Christians and non-Christians alike, the cross is synonymous with Jesus Christ. The fact that an instrument of death was turned into a symbol of spiritual liberation is a phenomenon in its own right. This is especially true for the faithful, and the Byzantine age is famous for producing the extremes of fanaticism and profound piety. This cross is the essence of simple purity and refinement, proclaiming its beauty without embellishment. The slight curve of the edges is characteristic of Byzantine style; as is the indentation of the center section which gives the effect of being in relief. It is a deeply moving symbol speaking loudly through the ages with a gentle whisper of humility and eternal faith. - (FJ.6260)

 

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