Support for a cross in the form of a church

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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World


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.


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