Pendant cross support for a candelabrum or incense-holder (polycandilon)

Byzantine
Byzantine Period
perhaps 8th century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 501; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height (top part): 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.); (height) bottom part: 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

64.704

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The pendant is in two parts: three “S”-shaped hooks, two above and one below a flower petal (inverted) with loops. The cross hooks onto the lower “S” and has, in turn, its own eye for a hook at the bottom. Attachments to surface of cross now missing. One petal of flower suspended at bottom of cross now broken away. Green patina.

Provenance

By 1963: with George Zacos, 65 Engelgasse, Basel, Switzerland (said to come from Istanbul); purchased by MFA from George Zacos, May 13, 1964

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2