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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 8

    A GROUP OF BYZANTINE BRONZE CROSSES

    CIRCA 7TH-12TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GROUP OF BYZANTINE BRONZE CROSSES
    CIRCA 7TH-12TH CENTURY A.D.
    Including one half of a reliquary cross, with the orant figure of St. George, his name inscribed above, 2¼ in. (5.6 cm.) high; the upper half of a reliquary cross decorated in relief with the Baptism of Christ, the Nativity and two Church Fathers standing to the left, 10th-12th Century A.D.; a pendant cross decorated with dotted circles, a circular recess for inlay in the middle (now missing), circa 7th-8th Century A.D., both 3 in. (7.5 cm.) high; a bronze fragmentary attachment decorated on one side with a standing figure and the hindquarters of an animal, the other side with a similar animal with curling tail and pointed ears, pierced zigzag edge at top, with remains of a row of keyhole-shaped piercings, circa 10th-12th Century A.D., 2 in. (5 cm.) high max.; and a later bronze cross, 3 in. (7.7 cm.) high (5)


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    Provenance

    German private collection, formed during the 1960s-1970s.