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Ancient Byzantine Reliquary Cross 12th Century, Pure Silver, Extremely Rare!

$95.00 13 Bids Sold, $5.25 Shipping

Seller: medieval_antiquities (116) 100%, Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ships to: US, Europe, AU, Item: 253533074067 For your consideration is a very exquisite Reliquary cross that is dated to about the 12th Century, and is made of pure silver. This fine piece measures 58 mm x 24 mm x 3 mm and has been completely restored to how it would have looked back in that time. The cross has the risen Lord Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched in what I interpret as saying "come unto me all who are weary and of heavy laden and I will give you rest" The back depicts the crucifixion, and Jesus face can still be seen even through all of the surface pitting that covers the back side, and another cross is on the top of Jesus' head. I show what the piece looked like before it was restored as well in the photos and the small piece from the top that had come off during that process. What occurred was, over the centuries the surface debris and the tarnishing that occurred caused that very thin piece to crack. It was made thin by the designer of this piece as you can see from the photo looking to the top left of course. This can be put back on if you wish, or it can be worn with no problem as is. That piece is very small measuring about 2 mm. I feel that when I sell an artifact, I will tell the potential buyer everything and not leave anything out, no matter how small or insignificant. Silver Reliquary Crosses are much more rare than the ones that are Bronze. I don't come across silver ones often and when I do, the seller has them at very high prices, out of reach of most buyers. The ones that I have seen are a bit larger though. Thanks for viewing the auction! *** NOTE*** I do not ship to China, South America, Mexico, Africa or any of the Island nations ( except Hawaii) at this time. I charge a 5.25 flat shipping and handling rate for the continental U.S Alaska and Hawaii, and 12.00 for international. Material: Silver, Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

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