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Processional or Altar Cross

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Description Originally, this cross had "pendelia" (jewels, crosslets, or Greek letters) suspended from the four holes in its horizontal arms. Like other medium-sized crosses with a tang, this one could have been carried in procession or affixed in a stand, or both.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Silver Treasure from Early Byzantium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
Provenance [Excavated in Syria, 1908-1910]; Tawfic Abucasem, Hama and Port Said, ca. 1913, by purchase; Joseph Brummer, Paris, ca. 1928, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Κυριακὸς εὐξάμενος προσένεγκεν τῶ ἁγίω Σεργίω; [Translation] Having prayed, Cyriacus presented [this] to Saint Sergius
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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3rd quarter 6th century (Late Antique)
silver, silver sulfide inlay and copper alloy repairs
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 15 13/16 x W: 8 1/8 in. (40.2 x 20.6 cm); H without tang: 13 5/16 in. (33.8 cm)
  • Syria, Kurin (Place of Discovery)


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