800 – 1000 Ad Gold Byzantine Pendant Reliquary Cross Enamel & Garnet Cabochons'

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller rarecoincollector (31,029) 100%, Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 332616785779 BYZANTINE EMPIRE (285-1453 AD)800 – 1000 AD RELIQUARY CROSS PENDANT100% GENUINE AND RARE - COMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AND ATTRIBUTIONMADE OF GOLD WITH GREEN ENAMELAND 5 DEEP RED GARNET CABOCHONSHINGED WITH INTERNAL COMPARTMENTTO HOUSE HOLY RELICEXCELLENT CONDITION FOR A HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT ARTIFACT OF THIS AGETHIS MAGNIFICENT RELIQUARY CROSS, DATING FROM BETWEEN 800 AND 1000 AD, IS A RARE AND SUPERB EXAMPLE OF BYZANTINE JEWELERY MAKING AND SPIRITUAL REVERENCE.EXTANT EXAMPLES OF GOLD RELIQUARY PENDANT CROSSES IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM AND THE VATICAN HAVE A SIMILAR HINGED DESIGN TO HOLD TOGETHER THE UPPER AND LOWER SECTIONS. THE HINGE LOOPS AT THE TOP WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR THE CHAIN HANGING THE PENDANT, WHICH WOULD HAVE INGENIOUSLY CLASPED TOGETHER THE COMPARTMENT WITHIN. THE COMPARTMENT SPACE WOULD HAVE HELD AN IMPORTANT HOLY RELIC, SUCH AS A PASSION RELIC, OR EVEN A FRAGMENT OF THE TRUE CROSS.THE PRECIOUS GOLD, EXPERT ENAMELING OF THE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER FINELY BEZELLED GARNET STONES (PROBABLY IMPORTED TO BYZANTIUM FROM INDIA), THE OVERALL MASTERFUL ARTISANSHIP OF DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE, AND THE REVERED HOLY OBJECT WITHIN WOULD HAVE ALSOSERVED TO SHOW OFF THE HIGH STATUS OF THE OWNER.ALL FIVE GARNETS ARE IN TACT AND RETAIN THEIR SHINE. THE HINGES ARE IN EXCEPTIONAL WORKING ORDER. ON CLOSE INSPECTION THE ENAMELING IS WORN IN SEVERAL PLACES, BUT IN NON-DETRACTING (ESPECIALLY AT A SHORT DISTANCE AND CONSIDERING THE AGE OF THE PIECE), AND THE MAJORITY OF THE ENAMELED SURFACE REMAINS AND STILL HAS LUSTER.THIS SPECTACULAR RELIQUARY CROSS IS A MUSEUM WORTHY WORK OF ART, HISTORY AND FAITH.65 mm IN LENGTH45 mm ACROSS7 mm WIDE37 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 questions with concerns before bidding / making a purchase.INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING & DELIVERYImport 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. They are not additional shipping charges by RareCoinCollector.We combine shipping on all multiple purchases. Condition: Used, Condition: COMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AND ATTRIBUTION **** PLEASE READ BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS AND HISTORY

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