Processional Cross

Processional Cross


Collection ID

ATQ.000008

Type

Antiquity

Date

400s CE

Geography

Unknown

Language

N/A

Medium

Gilt silver

Dimensions

12.6 × 8.1 in. (32 × 20.6 cm)

Exhibit Location

On view in The History of the Bible, The Written Tradition


This processional cross is made from a single flat sheet of silver, with gilding around the edges. A tang at the base of the cross would originally have been inserted into a wooden staff and carried as part of a procession. Crosses like this were designed to be seen from a distance and were used as part of the liturgy and ceremony of the Byzantine Church. There are many artistic depictions of prominent Christians holding such staffs mounted with crosses.

Created in the fifth century CE. Acquired in the late 1960s by Dr. C. Milev, Germany. Acquired before 2017 by Ariadne Galleries, London;[1] Purchased in 2017 by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Upon request, the dealer provided no further information.

Description

This processional cross is made from a single flat sheet of silver, with gilding around the edges. A tang at the base of the cross would originally have been inserted into a wooden staff and carried as part of a procession. Crosses like this were designed to be seen from a distance and were used as part of the liturgy and ceremony of the Byzantine Church. There are many artistic depictions of prominent Christians holding such staffs mounted with crosses.


Provenance

Created in the fifth century CE. Acquired in the late 1960s by Dr. C. Milev, Germany. Acquired before 2017 by Ariadne Galleries, London;[1] Purchased in 2017 by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Upon request, the dealer provided no further information.


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