Antique Byzantine Bronze Cross circa 5th -7th century
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Antique Byzantine bronze cross circa 5th -7th century A.D. composed of two hand forged bronze parts hold at the center with small rivet and fitted with two hand forged bronze suspension chains (most likely appendage from a polycandelon).
A chandelier (polycandelon) is a Byzantine hanging lighting fixture with several lights to illuminate large areas such as churches. The cross is a frequent decoration for these chandeliers.
1) Die Kunst der frühen Christen in Syrien: Zeichen, Bilder und Symbole vom 4. bis 7. Jahrhundert by Beate Bollmann
2) Christie Antiquities London; 14 April 2011.Lot 300.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length with the chains: 102.5 cm (40 3/8 in). Cross dimensions: 13 cm x 13 cm (5 1/8 in x 5 1/8 in)
CONDITION: In its original condition showing the age and usage with a nice dark patina.
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