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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
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.
[ Robert Haber and Associates Inc., Ancient Art, New York (sold 1998)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1998-1999." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 57, no. 2 (Fall 1999). p. 19.



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