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Reliquary Cross

Date:
16th century
Geography:
Made in Siena, Italy
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Silver, silver-gilt, niello, glass
Dimensions:
Overall: 22 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (57.5 x 29.9 x 4.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.370
Not on view
Inscription: [On reverse, on each diamond-shaped panel]: IHS

[Front and back, around central opening]: DE LIGNVM CRVCIS

[On back, at top]: S PETRI ET PAVLIVER (?)

[On foot, on back]: COITAS /SVILIAN /FECIT FI/ERI HANC/CRVCEM/AD HONO/RE BEATI/MARIE DE/PLANO

[On foot, on front]: SINDICIS/RVFFINO/CRISTOP/HARI ET/BASTIAN/P MARCI/I D X V II

[Around square base]: BOMNFMALO/ SIGNVM/;CRVCIS LIBE/ RA NOS AI (?)

(Translation): Made for the company of the Pork Butchers in honor of the Blessed Maria di Plano in the Magistracy of Ruffino Christopher and Bastiano Marci 1517.
[ Alexandre Imbert, Rome (sold 1910)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1910-1913)
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