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BYZANTINE BRONZE RELIQUARY CROSS PENDANT

Obverse: Nimbate Mary as Mater Dei, the nimbate Christ Orans on her lap, inscribed above in Greek, ΠαΝαΓΗα (all holy). The pair are flanked by the nimbate busts of Saints Peter and John, their names inscribed, ΠΕΤΡΟC and ΗΟαΝΗ.

Reverse: An unusual presentation of Saints George and Theodore together, nimbate and orans, their names inscribed above and to the right, ΓΙΟΡΓΙΟΙ and ΘΕΟΔΟΡΟΙ.

 

9th Century AD, or earlier.

Intact, 11 x 5.1 cm (4 5/9 x 2")

Swiss private collection of Mnsr. S.A., by 1993

 

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Published: 

Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XVIII (New York, 2019) p.48

 

 

Comparanda:

The British Museum  reg. no. 1986, 1002.1