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Support for a cross in the form of a church

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The architecture of this cross base emulates a cross-in-square Middle Byzantine church. This is especially evident in the upper part where the cubical building form rises to a cruciform mass, from which a tall dome drum projects. The handle is hollow, probably to fit over a wooden staff. The...

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By 1963: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (said to have been found in Istanbul); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 19, 1963

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Byzantine, Middle Byzantine Period, 11th–12th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 645; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Height: 32 cm (12 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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