The form of this neck cross resembles that of a basilica-plan church with transept and chapels radiating from the apse. The semicircular upper end meets the suspension loop at the middle and has five ..
The form of this neck cross resembles that of a basilica-plan church with transept and chapels radiating from the apse. The semicircular upper end meets the suspension loop at the middle and has five radiating semicircular finials. Triangular points emanate from the inner corners of the cross, and each arm terminates in quatrefoils flanked by two circular finial disks. Only the lower arm has an additional pair of disks at the midpoint of each outer edge. Incised decoration and perforations define the surface of this cross. The upper arm encloses a cross formed by the negative space created by the perforations in the metal. Side 1 features a grid of dots connected by incised straight lines with incised circles in the interstitial areas. The quatrefoils at the ends of the left, right, and lower arms are each decorated with an incised “X” across the middle and circles in each lobe. Side 2 is undecorated, or no longer retains its incised decoration. The only evidence of previous decoration is an incised “X” across the body of the lower quatrefoil. When this particular cross is suspended, and light is visible through the cutouts in the metal, it is apparent that the grid of dots were likely meant to be perforated; only some are fully punched out. Sarah Mathiesen, in Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture 8, no. 1 (Spring 2022): 144. https://digital.kenyon.edu/perejournal/vol8/iss1/1/