Seller: browncoffe (1,336) 100%, Location: Europe, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 254142391004 Ancient Byzantine bronze pectoral reliquary Cross with carved Paraclete Holy Spirit and Saint George, inscription above. Circa, 8 - 11 century A.D. A reliquary is a receptacle for keeping or displaying sacred relics. For Christians, relics were objects connected with saints or the actual physical remains of saints. The veneration of the sacred relics of martyrs is a practice known to date from at least as early as the 2nd century. The Crusades led to an influx of relics from the Middle East and reliquaries became popular items of adornment used for protection by crusaders and the wealthy elite who could afford such luxuries. Although the practice of veneration was defended both by the 13th century theologian St. Thomas Aquinas and by the Council of Trent in the 16th century, the veneration of icons has always had a greater importance in the Eastern Orthodoxy. Origin: Eastern Mediterranean ! Just as the pictures ! Outstanding dark patina ! Absolutely authentic ! On the detailed pictures down, the buyer can see the condition of this item! Measuring - 95 mm. in length. and 43 mm. in wide. The weight is - 51.05 in grams. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact with me! We will happy to combine postage,every next items will cost $0.50 ! Every Reasonable Offers will be Accepted! SHIPPING I send only by priority registered air mail WORLDWIDE! Good Luck with Bidding! and Thanks for Looking! Condition: Please see the pictures carefully ! Origin: Eastern Mediterranean ! Appropriate to wearable ! Just as the pictures ! Excellent ancient condition ! Authentic !