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Cross Enkolpion with Figures

Early Byzantine
8th century - 10th century (perhaps later)
8 cm x 5.6 cm (3 1/8 in. x 2 3/16 in.)

Not on view


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Cast solid bronze cross with beaded finials, integral suspension loop; highly abraded. One face appears to have an orant figure (arms outstretched) or crucifixion. Second face has orant figure, with hands held before body, and a bust in the right arm of the cross.

M. Ross, Jewelry, Enamels, and Art of the Migration Period, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Vol. II, 2nd ed., with an Addendum by Susan A. Boyd and Stephen R. Zwirn (Washington, DC, 2005), add. no. 189, pl. CXXI.

Acquisition History
Said to have been excavated near Hagia Sophia. Thomas Whittemore, Boston and Istanbul.
Bishop Spence Burton.
Gift to Mildred Bliss from Spence Burton.
Gift, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, 1962.
Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.