Support for a cross in the form of a church

Byzantine
Middle Byzantine Period
11th–12th century


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 645; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 32 cm (12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

63.789

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools and equipment

The architecture of this cross base emulates a cross-in-square Middle Byzantine church. This is especially evident in the upper part where the cubical building form rises to a cruciform mass, from which a tall dome drum projects. The handle is hollow, probably to fit over a wooden staff.

The partially damaged base for a processional cross is missing one of its four nearly identical façades, including a large cross; also missing is another large cross from the adjacent ground-story arcade.

Provenance

By 1963: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (said to have been found in Istanbul); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 19, 1963

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund