Base for a Cross

Date: 11th century

Geography: Made in Constantinople or Asia Minor ?

Culture: Byzantine

Medium: Copper alloy, cast, filed, reamed, and scraped

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Metalwork-Copper alloy

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1962

Accession Number: 62.10.8


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.