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Item:333536571507BYZANTINE EMPIRE (285-1453 AD)700 – 1000 AD HINGED RELIQUARY PECTORAL CROSS (ENCOLPION) PENDANTCOMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AND ATTRIBUTIONMADE OF BRONZEHINGED WITH INTERNAL COMPARTMENT TO HOUSE HOLY RELICTHIS MAGNIFICENT HINGED RELIQUARY CROSS, DATING FROM BETWEEN700 AND 1000 AD, IS A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF BYZANTINE JEWELERY MAKING AND SPIRITUALREVERENCE.EXTANT EXAMPLES OF RELIQUARY PENDANT CROSSES HAVE A SIMILARHINGED DESIGN TO HOLD TOGETHER THE UPPER AND LOWER SECTIONS. THE HINGED LOOP AT THE TOP WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR THE CHAIN HANGING THE PENDANT. THE COMPARTMENT SPACE OF TWO BRONZE CROSS SHAPED BOXES WOULD HAVE HELD AN IMPORTANT HOLY RELIC, SUCH AS A PASSION RELIC,OR SOIL, FRAGMENTS OF THE PERSONAL EFFECTS OF THE SAINT OR THAT WERE IN CONTACT WITH THE SAINT.THE CROSS IS STURDY IN CONSTRUCTION, BUT WILL NOT OPEN PRESENTLY, PROBABLY DUE TO SLIGHT CORROSION BUILDUP , BUT COULD BE MADE TO OPEN WITH SOME CARE.THE MAIN SIDE OF THE ENCOLPION HAS AN IMAGE OF A NIMBATE CHRISTPANTOCRATOR (RULER OF THE UNIVERSE) STANDING AND HOLDING THE GOSPELS. TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT ARE BUSTS OF TWO OF THE EVANGELISTS, WITH GOD THE FATHER ABOVE.THE OPPOSITE SIDE HAS THE THEOTOKOS, MARY MOTHER OF GOD,HOLDING THE CHRIST WHO IS IN TURN HOLDING THE GOSPELS. RIGHT AND LEFT ARE TWO EVANGELISTS WITH GOD THE FATHER ABOVE.THE FIGURES ARE MOLDED IN RELIEF. THERE ARE GREEK INSCRIPTIONS ON BOTH SIDES. THIS RELIQUARY CROSS IS A MUSEUM WORTHY WORK OF ART, HISTORY AND FAITH.110mm IN LENGTH53mm ACROSS9 mm WIDE92 GRAMS IN WEIGHTCOMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AND ATTRIBUTIONYou can arrange pickup from our Fort Lauderdale storefront locationOur business hours are Monday - Friday 10:00am-5:00pm ESTPlease ask any/all questions with concerns before bidding / making a purchase.Florida Sales Tax applicable to invoice totals under $500 of non legal tender USA coins and currency. All other states please contact eBay to find out about any possible taxes that may be charged prior to purchasing.INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING & DELIVERYPLEASE NOTE: DUE TO T HE CRISIS OCCURRING INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY HAS BECOME DELAYED ONCE THE PACKAGE ARRIVES TO CUSTOMS. PLEASE BE PATIENT AS THIS IS A HARD TIME FOR EVERYONE AND PACKAGES ARE GETTING DELIVERED, JUST NOT IN THE NORMAL TIMEFRAME. WE CAN OFFER FEDEX SHIPPING HOWEVER THE COST IS MUCH HIGHER. PLEASE INQUIRE IF INTERESTEDDue to increase in postage rates and large losses to our company when shipping first class packages we are now strictly shipping via Priority mail as it is more secure and traceable all the way to your door.Import taxes and duties are NOT included in the item price or shipping charges. We cannot declare any package as a "gift", ”sample”etc.We now ship solely via USPS Priority Mail International or Fedex International foryour additional tracking and security and ensure delivery to customs.Delivery times could get delayed to as much as 4 weeks depending on customs conditions.It is the buyer's responsibility to check with your country's customs office todetermine what these additional costs (if any) will be prior to bidding or buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up from customs. They are not additional shipping charges by RareCoinCollector. eBay will calculate and add the applicable sales tax at checkout. The buyer will pay both the cost of the item along with the sales tax. eBay will collect and remit the tax.Sellers are not able to opt out of selling items into the states listed above or opt out of eBay automatically collecting sales tax.Based on applicable tax laws, eBay will calculate, collect, and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for items shipped to customers in the following states:Condition:PLEASE READ BELOW // COMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AND ATTRIBUTION, Material:Bronze
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