Medieval Byzantine Bronze Reliquary Cross 700 - 900 AD

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Seller: jonv111 (285) 100%, Location: Kihei, Hawaii, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 143006805954 This item is a Medieval Byzantine Christian cross. These are some of the most interesting and collectible artifacts from Medieval Europe. These crosses were fabricated between 700 and 900 AD primarily for Clergy and Monks, although commoners may have also wore these. When they were made, people believed these protected them from negative Magic Spells and disease. This cross and similar examples are made of two crosses hinged at the bottom, which allowed access to a hollow space meant to hold a relic. The large numbers of surviving copper-alloy/bronze reliquary crosses suggest that they were not used solely for relics of the True Cross or other primary relics, such as the bone of a saint; instead they likely contained secondary relics, for instance, a piece of earth from a holy site or a piece of fabric made holy through contact with the body of a saint. 4.5" long and 2.5 inches wide. Material: Bronze

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