Tsardom of Rus'
3 1/16 x 2 9/16 x 5/16 in. (7.8 x 6.5 x 0.8 cm)
1.3 oz. (36.8 g)
Bequest of David P. Harris ('46), 2020
Purchased by David P. Harris from Chris Martin-Zakheim (Iconastas) in London on May 5, 2004.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
"Relics of your weepers of tears in the most holy spirit, Prince Peter and Princess Febronia of Murom."
Christopher Martin-Zakheim and John Gaze, Iconastas Russian Fine Art and Antiques [2003 catalgue] (London: Iconastas, 2003), p. 5, nos. 1–2.
Brad Hostetler, with Ani Parnagian, "From Private to Public: The Collection of David P. Harris," in Ethiopian Objects in the Blick-Harris Study Collection: Art, Context, and the Persistence of Form, eds. Brad Hostetler, and Lynn Jones, Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture 8, no. 1 (Spring 2022): 5–25. https://digital.kenyon.edu/perejournal/vol8/iss1/1/
"The hollow cross has arms that end in trefoils. The front side bears a crude incised depiction of the Crucifixion and the top arm has a circular window through which fragments of bone are displayed. The back of the cross bears an inscription identifying the relics as those of Prince Peter and Princess Fevronia of Murom." Description by David P. Harris.