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Ancient Medieval Byzantine Silver Reliquary Cross 12th Century; Stunning Piece!

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Seller: medieval_antiquities (113) 100%, Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ships to: Americas, Europe, AU, Item: 253434641956 Up for your consideration is a Byzantine Silver Reliquary Cross with both sides in tact. The piece dates back from the 12th Century and it measures 57 mm x 25 mm x 2 MM (suspension loop is 8 MM) and has been professionally restored to it's former original state. The front side of the piece is of course Jesus Christ with his arms open, and to me he is saying "come to me all who are weary and of heavy laden and I will give you rest" and the other side is the crucifixion and even after all of these centuries, his face is clearly seen. During the restoration process there was a piece that on the top that did become separated. This was a very thin piece that connected to the top when one would open the cross. I included photos of the piece before it was fully restored, when I purchased this from a seller in London in 2013. But after cleaning and careful inspection, the designer of the cross back then made the hook on that left side a little slanted to the left, therefore compromising the integrity of the silver to hold it. This does not affect the ability to wear the cross or the looks of it. I included this information because I believe in being honest with potential buyers. In my opinion this doesn't devalue the piece all that much, and could easily be put back on. I have adjusted the price for this of course. However, this brings out the rarity of the piece even more, as it was apart of the original designer's work. But the only thing that was holding it on was a lot of debris that collected on the piece over the many centuries. There is some surface pitting on the reverse which is understandable considering the age, and also that was most likely the side that was facing down all of those centuries underground. In addition to that, it is made of pure silver, it's soft in its purest form. This is an absolutely stunning piece that would be very difficult to find another one to come available for sale for quite some time in the future; perhaps if at all. I have seen a few others in the past but not in Silver. They were made of Bronze. Reliquary crosses are some of the best crosses to have come out of the Medieval World as they used to contain locks of hair or something to remember a loved one by, and were often very personal. Thanks for viewing the auction and good luck with bidding! **** NOTE **** All payments must be submitted within 3 days of the auction ending. All bidders with zero feedbacks will no longer be able to bid. I presently do not ship to Asia, Africa, South America, or any Island Nations at this this time. I charge 5.25 for shipping and handling in the continental U.S. and 13.00 for international shipping due to the constant discrepancies in shipping prices. Again, thanks for your patronage! Material: Silver, Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

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