Measurements: 6 cm – length


Description: A beautiful small Byzantine enkolpion bronze reliquary cross, featuring a hinged base and a suspension loop for wear. The front is decorated with a simplified image of Christ, displayed in the Orans position in prayer, while the back displays the representation of the Virgin Mary.


Such a cross, also known as an enkolpion, could have been worn as a pectoral cross, which, during the Middle Ages, was an attribute of bishops. Throughout the centauries a great number of crosses were made to hold a secondary relic in them containing pieces of saints’ clothing, pieces of the True Cross or hair fragments, and so on. Crosses offered protection to the wearer and would have been available all over the Byzantine Empire.


Period: Circa 10th - 12th century A.D.


Condition: Fine, signs of aging and beautiful green patina on the surface.


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