Knop of a cross

Byzantine (Anatolia?)
Byzantine
12th century


Object Place: Middle East, Byzantium

Dimensions

13.4 x 5.1 cm (5 1/4 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

1972.1036

Medium or Technique

Leaded latten (70% copper, 1.5% zinc, 2.7% lead, 5.8% tin)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

The two sides of the object are cast from the same mold. Divided from the lower section by a band, the upper part of the shaft has five vertical facets on each side. Separated from the shaft by two bands, each side of the knop shows two medallions with busts of saints: one a female martyr wearing a wimple and holding a cross to her breast, the other a military saint with short curly hair carrying a sword or lance over his left shoulder.

Provenance

1972, gift of Richard R. Wagner (b. 1907 - d. 2002), West Barnstable, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1972)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard R. Wagner