Byzantine Silver Reliquary Cross
A Medieval Byzantine silver reliquary cross made from two halves, hinged with a suspension loop above, one side engraved with the Virgin Orans and the infant Christ, inscribed in Greek "All hallowed" above, the other side with four Saints, the center recessed and set with a garnet.
Ca. 7th - 8th century AD.
Formerly in a private collection; sold at auction: Christie's, New York, Ancient Jewelry, December 8, 1999, lot 136; subsequently in a New York private collection