Seller: highrating_lowprice (18,836) 100% , Location: Rego Park, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 321849807206 Item: i51577 Authentic Ancient Medieval Christian Byzantine Reliquary Cross from circa 800-900 A.D. 5.9 x 2.5 x 0.5 centimeters (14.98 grams) Material: Bronze Authentic ancient medieval reliquary Byzantine cross from circa 800-1200 A.D. Reliquary crosses are considered to have contained parts of saints or the Holy cross. Amazing religious artifact.Provenance: From private collection in the United States of America. Ownership History: From private collection in the United States, bought in private sale in the United States of America. You are bidding on the exact item pictured, provided with a Certificate of Authenticity and Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity. The Christian Cross, ✝ seen as a representation of the instrument of the crucifixion of Jesus , is the best-known symbol of Christianity . It is related to the crucifix (a cross that includes a usually three-dimensional representation of Jesus' body) and to the more general family of cross symbols. Jesus (Greek: Ἰησοῦς Iesous; 7–2 BC to 30–33 AD), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity , whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God . Christianity regards Jesus as the awaited Messiah of the Old Testament and refers to him as Jesus Christ, a name that is also used in non-Christian contexts. Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed historically , although the quest for the historical Jesuss has produced little agreement on the historical reliability of the Gospels and on how closely the biblical Jesus reflects the historical Jesus . Most scholars agree that Jesus was a Jewish rabbi from Galilee who preached his message orally , was baptized by John the Baptist , and was crucified in Jerusalem on the orders of the Roman prefect , Pontius Pilate . Scholars have constructed various portraits of the historical Jesus, which often depict him as having one or more of the following roles: the leader of an apocalyptic movement, Messiah, a charismatic healer, a sage and philosopher, or an egalitarian social reformer . Scholars have correlated the New Testament accounts with non-Christian historical records to arrive at an estimated chronology of Jesus' life . The most widely used calendar era in the world (abbreviated as "AD", alternatively referred to as "CE"), counts from a medieval estimate of the birth year of Jesus. Christians believe that Jesus has a "unique significance" in the world. Christian doctrines include the beliefs that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit , was born of a virgin , performed miracles , founded the Church , died by crucifixion as a sacrifice to achieve atonement , rose from the dead , and ascended into heaven , whence he will return . The great majority of Christians worship Jesus as the incarnation of God the Son , the second of three persons of a Divine Trinity . A few Christian groups reject Trinitarianism , wholly or partly, as non-scriptural. In Islam , Jesus (commonly transliterated as Isa) is considered one of God's important prophets and the Messiah. To Muslims , Jesus is a bringer of scripture and was born of a virgin, but neither the Son of God nor the victim of crucifixion. According to the Quran , Jesus was not crucified but was physically raised into the heavens by God. Judaism rejects the Christian and Islamic belief that Jesus was the awaited Messiah, arguing that he did not fulfill the Messianic prophecies in the Tanakh . A reliquary (also referred to as a shrine or by the French term châsse) is a container for relics . These may be the purported physical remains of saints , such as bones, pieces of clothing, or some object associated with saints or other religious figures. The authenticity of any given relic is often a matter of debate; for that reason, some churches require documentation of the relic's provenance. Relics have long been important to Buddhists , Christians , Hindus and many other religions. In these cultures, reliquaries are often presented in shrines, churches, or temples to which the faithful make pilgrimages in order to gain blessings. In Central West Africa, reliquaries used in the Bwete rituals contain objects considered magical , or the bones of ancestors, and are commonly constructed with a guardian figure attached to the reliquary. The term is sometimes used loosely of containers for the body parts of non-religious figures; in particular the Kings of France often specified that their hearts and sometimes other organs be buried in a different location from their main burial. In Christianity A view inside the shrine of Saint Boniface of Dokkum in the hermit-church of Warfhuizen in the Netherlands . The little folded paper on the left contains a bone-fragment of Saint Benedict of Nursia , the folded paper on the right a piece of the habit of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux . The large bone in the middle (about 5 cm. in length) is the actual relic of Saint Boniface. The use of reliquaries became an important part of Christian practices from at least the 4th century, initially in the Eastern church , which adopted the practice of moving and dividing the bodies of saints much earlier than the West, probably in part because the new capital of Constantinople , unlike Rome, lacked buried saints. Relics are venerated in the Oriental Orthodox , Eastern Orthodox , Roman Catholic and some Anglican Churches. Reliquaries provide a means of protecting and displaying relics. While frequently taking the form of caskets, they range in size from simple pendants or rings to very elaborate ossuaries . Since the relics themselves were considered "more valuable than precious stones and more to be esteemed than gold," it was only appropriate that they be enshrined containers crafted of or covered with gold, silver, gems, and enamel. Ivory was widely used in the Middle Ages for reliquaries; its pure white color an indication of the holy status of its contents. These objects constituted a major form of artistic production across Europe and Byzantium throughout the Middle Ages. Many were designed with portability in mind, often being exhibited in public or carried in procession on the saint's feast day or on other holy days . Pilgrimages often centered around the veneration of relics. The faithful often venerate relics by bowing before the reliquary or kissing it. Those churches which observe the veneration of relics make a clear distinction between the honor given to the saints and the worship that is due to God alone (see Second Council of Nicea ). The feretrum was a medieval form of reliquary or shrine containing the sacred effigies and relics of a saint. In the late Middle Ages the craze for relics, many now fraudulent, became extreme, and was criticized by many otherwise conventional churchmen. 16th-century reformers such as Martin Luther opposed the use of relics since many had no proof of historic authenticity, and they objected to the cult of saints. Many reliquaries, particularly in northern Europe, were destroyed by Calvinists or Calvinist sympathizers during the Reformation , being melted down or pulled apart to recover precious metals and gems. Nonetheless, the use and manufacture of reliquaries continues to this day, especially in Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian countries. Post-Reformation reliquaries have tended to take the form of glass-sided caskets to display relics such as the bodies of saints. Forms The earliest reliquaries were essentially boxes, either simply box-shaped or based on an architectural design, taking the form of a model of a church with a pitched roof. These latter are known by the French term chasse , and typical examples from the 12th to 14th century have wooden frameworks with gilt-copper plaques nailed on, decorated in champlevé enamel . Limoges was the largest centre of production; NB the English usage differs from that of the French châsse, which denotes large size rather than shape. Franco-Flemish Gothic philatory for a finger bone, late 15th century (Walters Art Museum) Relics of the True Cross became very popular from the 9th century onwards and were housed in magnificent gold and silver cross-shaped reliquaries, decorated with enamels and precious stones. From about the end of the 10th century, reliquaries in the shape of the relics they housed also became popular; hence, for instance, Pope Alexander I 's skull was housed in a head-shaped reliquary. Similarly, the bones of saints were often housed in reliquaries that recalled the shape of the original body part, such as an arm or a foot. A philatory is a transparent reliquary designed to contain and exhibit the bones and relics of saints. This style of reliquary has a viewing portal by which to view the relic contained inside. During the later Middle Ages , the monstrance form, mostly used for consecrated hosts, was sometimes used for reliquaries. These housed the relic in a rock crystal or glass capsule mounted on a column above a base, enabling the relic to be displayed to the faithful. Reliquaries in the form of large pieces of metalwork jewellery also appeared around this time, housing tiny relics such as pieces of the Holy Thorn . Box Reliquary/Chasse: Gilded reliquary St. Taurin Arm Reliquary Head Reliquary Icon of St. Guriy of Kazan, with relic embedded in it (19th century). Frequently Asked Questions How long until my order is shipped? Depending on the volume of sales, it may take up to 5 business days for shipment of your order after the receipt of payment. How will I know when the order was shipped? After your order has shipped, you will be left positive feedback, and that date should be used as a basis of estimating an arrival date. After you shipped the order, how long will the mail take? 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