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Byzantine Bronze Processional Cross - X.0039
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean
Circa: 10 th Century AD
Dimensions: 18.875" (47.9cm) 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, the cross is the most potent symbol in existence, representing the earthly suffering, spiritual liberation, resurrection, and eternal life of Jesus Christ. The fact that an instrument of death was turned into a symbol of spiritual rebirth is amazing in itself. Made out of a thin sheet of bronze, the flaring arms of the cross terminate in disks at each corner. The outer edge of the front retains traces of a decorative border, perhaps in wire. Circular bosses adorn the midpoints of the vertical arms, while a large openwork roundel dominates the cross' center. Radiating out from this central roundel as well as from each corner are teardrop shapes with either three or one dot at their rounded ends; those in the center have three, the corners one. An attractive olive green patina with some incrustation covers the work, a testament to its age. We can imagine this cross being paraded through the crowded corridors of a Byzantine city. Even today, it is common to have elaborate procession where holy relics are marched though town on religious holidays. Surely this splendid cross would have been the centerpiece of such a procession. - (X.0039)


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