Cross Fragment with Saint John the Theologian, Copper alloy and iron, Byzantine

Cross Fragment with Saint John the Theologian

Date:
11th century
Geography:
Made in probably Constantinople
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy and iron
Dimensions:
Overall: 11 5/16 x 4 1/8 x 1/4 in. (28.7 x 10.5 x 0.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
62.10.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
A depiction of Saint John the Theologian decorates the face of the surviving upper arm of a large cross. An elegant, small cross is inscribed in a medallion on the reverse. Such crosses would have been carried in processions or installed on an altar, possibly one dedicated to the saint.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: Saint John the Theologian
[ John J. Klejman (American), New York (sold 1962)]