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Reliquary Cross

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Pectoral cross with slightly flaring arms comprising two valves decorated in relief, fastened with a clasp at the bottom and a hinge at the top (to which a suspension loop is attached). The loop is cast; the sides are cast, chased, and punched. The Crucifixion on the front shows the bearded...

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By 1961, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, Cambridge, MA; 1961, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to the MFA. (Accession date: October 11, 1961)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Syria-Palestine, Byzantine, 9th–10th century

Object Place

Palestine, Syria


11.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 cm (4 7/16 x 2 1/8 x 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; leaded latten (80.2% copper, 9% zinc, 7.6% lead, 3.2% tin)