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Byzantine Bronze Cross - PF.4921
Origin: Israel (Bethlehem)
Circa: 600 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 15.2" (38.6cm) high
Collection: Byzantine
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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The turbulent history of the early church, with all its complexity and confusion, seems to vanish when we see the beauty of this cross. It reflects what is most profound and elemental in the faith, namely the simple expression of belief in the resurrected Christ as symbolized by the cross. There are no arguments of doctrine or dogma, no controversies or quarrels; simply pious devotion from the heart and soul. This cross would have been mounted on a staff and carried in processions, particularly on the major holidays and feast days. The lovely patina gives it a venerable quality, while the concentric circles add a mystical aspect, as if twirling into infinity. An object such as this cross represents the most attractive aspects of Christianity-- unadorned beauty, purity and virtue. - (PF.4921)


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