Reliquary Cross

Syria-Palestine
Byzantine
10th–12th century


Object Place: Middle East, Palestine, Syria

Dimensions

9 x 5.9 cm (3 9/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

61.1083

Medium or Technique

Leaded latten (59.6% copper, 3.7% zinc, 27% lead, 9.7% tin)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Cross with slightly flared arms terminating in tear-shaped projections and pierced with five holes; two loops at the top and bottom for the hinge and clasp. Cast and engraved. A standing figure of Saint Pantaleon is engraved in the center. He has a beard and a halo with a cross emanating from the top and wears a dramatic decorated with vertical lines interrupted by horizontal bands. His feet appear to come from the side of the tunic. Above is the inscription (in Greek). An engraved line frames the scene and a series of diagonal lines marks several of the corners.

Provenance

By 1961, Thomas B. Whittemore, Washington, D.C.; 1961, bequest of Whittemore to the MFA. (Accession date: October 11, 1961)

Credit Line

Bequest of Thomas Whittemore