Description Crosses cut from thin sheet gold are common finds from Langobardic graves in Italy. The three examples in the Walters collection (nos. 57.1771, 57.1772, and 57.1773) are said to have come from the same cemetery. Christianity was established among the Langobards by the 7th century. While the decoration on the gold crosses varies, the shape of the equal-armed Greek cross was preferred. Such crosses have been found primarily in burials of wealthy men, women and children. They are believed to have been used only for funerary purposes, the cross being sewn to the burial shroud.
- Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
- Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Morrin, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Charles Morley, New York, 1946; Mrs. Nelson Gutman, Baltimore, 1946; Walters Art Museum, 1946, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mrs. Nelson Gutman, 1946
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