Reliquary cross

Egyptian
Byzantine (Coptic) Period
8th to 10th century


Findspot: Egypt, Nag el-Deir

Dimensions

height x width x diameter: 8.7 x 5.7 x 5 cm (3 7/16 x 2 1/4 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1987.286

Medium or Technique

Brass

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

Reverse of a reliquary cross with relief decoration. The Virgin Orans, wearing a tunic and maphorion, is positioned in the center of the cross. At the four ends of the cross are medallions with frontal busts of the Evangelists holding closed books with covers decorated with punched designs.

This type of reliquary is known as an enklopion. Many are thought to have carried relics of the True Cross.

Provenance

From Egypt, Naga el-Deir

Credit Line

Source unidentified