7 December 2000
PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
A BYZANTINE BRONZE PROCESSIONAL CROSS
Circa 6th-7th Century A.D.
Solid cast, the flaring arms each terminating in two projecting knobs, with a suspension loop on the underside of the side arms, engraved on one side with a single letter in each arm, and a cross above, H to the right, C below, Z to the left, and W in the raised central boss, the projecting tang pierced for attachment
19¼ in. (48.9 cm) high
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Wamser and Zahlhaas, Rom und Byzanz, Archäologische Kostbarkeiten aus Bayern, no. 66.
Rom und Byzanz, Prähistoischen Staatssammlung München, 20 October 1998-14 February 1999.
The inscription can be read as ZWH, life, and C, light. For a similar inscription see no. 138 in Ross, Handbook of the Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington.
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