11 June 2003
A BYZANTINE BRONZE HANGING CROSS
Circa 5th Century A.D.
With a crux monogrammatica encircled within a wreath, the Christogram (chi-rho) outlined with a groove, the wreath engraved on both sides with laurel, designating it as a wreath of victory, perforated in several places along the edge, the wreath surmounted by a flower blooming from a knob, a single loop and two chain links preserved above
20½ in. (52.1 cm) high
German Private Collection
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For a crux monogrammatica of similar form, although free-standing, from Monastero in northeast Italy and now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, see kat. B12, pl. 23 in Noll, Vom Altertum zum Mittelalter, Katalog der Antikensammlung I.
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