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

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Seller: rarecoincollector (30,129) 100%, Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 332616785779 800 – 1000 AD GOLD BYZANTINE PENDANT RELIQUARY CROSS ENAMEL & GARNET CABOCHONS' 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 ATTRIBUTION Our business hours are Monday - Friday 9:30-5:30 EST. All emails sent during those hours will be answered same day. We are closed on weekends and holidays. Please ask questions with any concerns before bidding RETURN POLICY All items may be returned up to 30 days for full refund, please notify us as soon as possible that you will be returning the item. Returned shipping cost paid by buyer. IF YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES OR QUESTIONS WITH AN ORDER FOR A FAST RESPONSE PLEASE CONTACT US TO RESOLVE ISSUES. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE FREE INSURED SHIPPING WITHIN THE UNITED STATES UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION IS INCLUDED ON PACKAGES OVER $200 IN VALUE. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING & DELIVERYImport taxes and charges are NOT included in the item price or shipping charges. We cannot declare any package as a "gift"PLEASE NOTE: We now ship solely via USPS Priority Mail International or Fedex International for additional tracking and security. Delivery times could get delayed to as much as 4 weeks depending on conditions. We combine shipping on all multiple purchases. It is the buyer's responsibility to check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs 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 Rare Coin Collector. Please ask questions with any concerns before bidding Condition: Used, Condition: COMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AND ATTRIBUTION **** PLEASE READ BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS AND HISTORY

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