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Base for a Cross

Date:
11th century
Geography:
Made in probably Constantinople or Asia Minor
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy, cast, filed, reamed, and scraped
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 1/2 x 1 9/16 x 1 5/8 in. (11.4 x 3.9 x 4.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
62.10.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
These miniature buildings are bases that held crosses. With their equal-armed cross shapes and domed tops, they reproduce in miniature the church design most popular during the middle Byzantine centuries.
[ John J. Klejman, New York (sold 1962)]
Evans, Helen C., and William D. Wixom, ed. The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843–1261. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 51D, pp. 55-7.



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