Cross

Date: ca. 1100

Geography: Made in Constantinople

Culture: Byzantine

Medium: Cloisonne enamel (red and blue)

Dimensions: 15/16 x 7/8 x 1/8 in. (2.36 x 2.07 x 0.31 cm)

Classification: Enamels-Cloisonné

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.542

Description

This elegant pendant cross is representative of the finest objects for personal devotion produced for the elite of the Byzantine empire. Both faces of the exquisite miniature cross are decorated with intricate floral patterns worked in multicolored cloisonné enamel, on a single sheet of gold—a tour de force of the enameler's art.

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