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LOT 2015

GBP (£) 1,800 - 2,400
EUR (€) 2,070 - 2,770
USD ($) 2,510 - 3,340

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Byzantine Gilt Silver Reliquary Cross Pendant

11th-12th century AD

A silver-gilt enkolpion or reliquary pendant cross comprising: polyhedral suspension block of Pitarakis Type X with parcel-gilt cross clechée motifs, two-part cruciform body with slightly flared verticals (Type IV) and pierced fleur-de-lys spurs to the ends; obverse with Corpus Christi flanked by nimbate figures, crown and skull below (Golgotha) and legend 'HX XC' above; reverse with border enclosing standing figure of Mary Theotokos in orans posture, legend 'MP ΘΩ' and hatched ovoid leaf to each angle. 132 grams, 11.6cm (4 1/2"). Fine condition.

From an East London collection; previously in a collection formed between 1990-2000.