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Cross with Pearls

Date:
1200–1400
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold and pearls
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 7/8 x 1 3/16 x 1/4 in. (4.8 x 3 x 0.7 cm) Overall (without modern loop): 1 1/2 x 1 3/16 x 1/4 in. (3.8 x 3 x 0.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Purchase, John C. Weber Gift, in honor of Pete Dandridge, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.38
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
This intricately worked cross is decorated with elaborate patterns in gold filigree, granulation, and wire on sheets of gold, a technique that is typical of late Byzantine art. The shape echoes that of earlier Byzantine crosses, like the adjacent example decorated with cloisonné enamel.
Private Collection, England (1991 - Ward Purchase); [ Ward & Company Works of Art, New York (until 2005)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2004-2005." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 63, no. 2 (Fall 2005). p. 11.

Evans, Helen C., ed. The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions – Online Catalogue. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008.

A New Yorker's View of the World: The John C. Weber Collection. Koka: Miho Museum, 2015. no. 13, pp. 76–77.



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