Byzantine (Coptic) Period
8th to 10th century
Findspot: Egypt, Nag el-Deir
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.)
Medium or Technique
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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.
From Egypt, Naga el-Deir