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Base for a Cross

11th century
Made in Constantinople or Asia Minor ?
Copper alloy, cast, filed, reamed, and scraped
Overall: 5 x 1 15/16 x 2 1/16 in. (12.7 x 4.9 x 5.2 cm); Top (Diameter-Top exterior): 1 1/16in. (2.7cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
This miniature building is a base to support a portable cross. Its equal-armed cross shape and dome reproduce in miniature the church design most popular during the Middle Byzantine centuries.
[ John J. Klejman, New York (sold 1962)]
Thessonaliki, Greece. The Museum of Byzantine Culture (Gallery of Temporary Exhibitions). "Architecture as Icon: Perception and Representation of Architecture in Byzantine Art," November 1, 2009–June 6, 2010.

Princeton University Art Museum. "Architecture as Icon: Perceptions and Representations of Architecture in Byzantine Art," March 6, 2010–June 6, 2010.

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. 21c, pp. 55-57.

Evans, Helen C., Melanie Holcomb, and Robert Hallman. "The Arts of Byzantium." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 58, no. 4 (Spring 2001). p. 42.

McLachlan Elizabeth Parker. "Liturgical Vessels and Implements." In The Liturgy of the Medieval Church, edited by Thomas J. Heffernan, and E. Ann Matter. Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Western Michigan University, 2005. pp. 417-418, fig. 15.

Princeton University, and Dr. Evangelia Hadjitryphonos, ed. Architecture as Icon: Perception and Reception of Architecture in Byzantine Art. New Haven and London: Princeton University Art Museum, 2010. no. 45, pp. 264-5.

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