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Byzantine Gilt Altar Cross Fragment

Constantinople, 11th century AD

A hollow-formed gilt-bronze altar cross fragment comprising: obverse with central disc panel, repoussé bust of Mary Theotokos with headdress and wrap-over robe, ropework border, flared arms with one knop finial in situ, low-relief vine detailing, lower arm with similar ornament and knop finial extending to a disc with repoussé mask of a bearded male within a ropework border, rectangular mounting slot beneath; reverse with low-relief lattice pattern and lilies. 153 grams, 13.7cm (5 1/2"). Fair condition.

Ex central London gallery; formerly with Rupert Wace Ancient Art, St. James's, London, UK, in 1997.