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Byzantine Bronze Processional Cross - X.0037
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean
Circa: 8 th Century AD to 10 th Century AD
Dimensions: 12" (30.5cm) high
Collection: Byzantine
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. This bronze cross was cut from a thin sheet of bronze and decorated with raised circular appliqués placed at the center and on the arms. The cross was originally embellished with other appliqués that are no longer preserved. An attractive yellow green patina 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.0037)


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