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Byzantium latin cross

Cross Byzantine

Origin / Date Byzance, c. 6th century
Material Bronze
Dimensions 12 x 8 cm
Availability Sold


Though it has lost any enamel or glass paste it may have had in the 4 roundels, as well as its gilding (of which there are remains on back), this cross, - in its pure form and with all its extremities including the balls intact, - is a superb example of the “Latin” type used in the East. The pin at the bottom suggests a processional cross at first sight, but if so, it would be a very small example, and it is more likely that this was the adornment on an oil lamp.


Rom und Byzanz, ed. Wamser und Zahlhaas, Munchen, 1998.

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