Ancient Byzantine Pure Silver Reliquary Cross 11th Century Partially Restored

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Seller: anaktisi_historia (165) 97.9%, Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ships to: US, Europe, AU, Item: 254177154164 For your consideration is a very unique, astonishing, and wonderful ancient Byzantine cross from the early 11th Century, and is made of pure silver. It measures 54 mm x 24 mm. This cross depicts the Lord Jesus Christ on one side and either the Virgin Mary on the the other. This piece was thoroughly cleaned of it's debris and tarnish. At a first glance this looks like it could be Jesus, but during this time period, the Byzantines would often put Jesus on one side, and Mary on the other out of respect obviously. This piece has been partially restored and reattached at the clearly visible hairline crack towards the bottom of the cross. This was performed by a very strong epoxy formula that although very strong, can be removed and the piece can be soldered if one desires. The piece would not be effected; other than that it will stay put. I photographed this piece in different lighting to demonstrate the crack under certain lighting conditions is barely visible. Pure silver is very soft, and with this piece being covered in debris and tarnish for so long, it weakened the integrity of the piece, thus that part of the silver was compromised. But what's amazing is that was the only week part, with the exception of a small piece that is pictured; that came from the top and came off during cleaning. It was basically being held together in place by centuries of dirt and debris and came off. This cross is very unique indeed, because reliquary crosses of this type do not come up for auction in pure silver very often, which makes it very rare. The side that depicts the Lord Jesus Christ has surface pitting more than the other side, however what's incredible about this piece is that the face of Jesus is intact and doesn't have hardly any surface pitting, after centuries in the ground. Thanks for looking at this auction and if you wish you can submit a best offer for this piece as well. This would be a great opportunity for someone to acquire something like this at a substantially lower price as well. Condition: * Re-listed due to a non paying bidder *, Material: Pure Silver, Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

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