• Byzantine, ca. 9th to 10th century CE. A special group three Byzantine bronze reliquary crosses. All three are precious religious artifacts. The largest is a two part, hinged cross (missing pins), with a beautifully aged deep green patina. The cross was cast in two parts and originally hinged at the top and bottom. On the front, engraved in relief, is a figure of the Crucified Christ with a depiction of Christ as Pantocrator above. The two smaller examples are decorated with engravings of the Risen Christ figure with upraised hands, one with image on both front and back sections. The surfaces of both present vibrant green patina. Such reliquary crosses were wearable in the Byzantine Roman world. Typically used to hold a piece of a saint’s bone or hair, these reliquaries were believed to heal and protect the wearer thanks to the relic within. Size: largest measures 4″ L x 2.5″ W (10.2 cm x 6.4 cm)