Istanbul, Constantinople, Turkey
3 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.
Bequest of David P. Harris ('46), 2020
A hollow, two-piece reliquary cross, the two pieces now detached. One side shows the Crucifixion with the Mother of God and St. John the Evangelist on the right and left of Christ, who wears a colobium. Above Christ's head are the sun and moon, and under His arms are the Greek abbreviations for the words "Behold thy Son/behold thy Mother." On the reverse side of the piece is depicted the orans Mother of God; Medallions, one on each of the arms of the cross, depict the four Evangelists. The figures on both sides of the piece have been badly rubbed, and the bottom hinge and closure have been broken off.
Purchased in the Istanbul bazaar in 1968.
The Byzantine World