Cross Date: 12th century Culture: Mosan Medium: Copper Dimensions: Overall: 11 1/4 x 6 x 1 3/4 in. (28.5 x 15.2 x 4.5 cm)
Gold, the stirrup shaped ring rising to an apex set with a cabochon sapphire. English, c. 1200
ca. 1100 from Constantinople. This elegant pendant cross with four equal arms radiating from a central medallion is representative of the finest objects for personal devotion produced for the elite of the Byzantine Empire. Both faces of the exquisite miniature cross are decorated with intricate floral patterns worked in multicolored cloisonné enamel. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
København, Sjælland, Nationalmuseet, Roskilde cross, Byzantine reliquary cross of gold, ~1100 A.D. It contains a splinter of the true cross. The front is adorned with 7 pearls & 15 precious stones, the back with filigree. It was found in 1806 in the rood cross of the Domkirke in Roskilde.
The oval gold locket enameled with black and white pea-pod ornament at the sides is mounted on the lid with a sapphire cameo portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and with an onyx cameo bust of Cleopatra with the asp on the back. Inside there is an enameled miniature of Charles I (1600-1648) facing front with a melancholy expression, wearing sash of the Order head standing out against a celestial blue ground. Locket: early 17th century, Cameo: second half of the 16th century.
BYZANTINE GOLD AND GARNET OPENWORK CROSS, 12th century A.D.