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Cross, Reliquary (Engolpion), 15th-16th Century

Copper alloy/ 43mm/7.3gm

Con/ Sound and wearable; missing reverse enclosure, cleaned and waxed.

Description/ Christ, nimbate, standing facing, raising both hands in benediction, flanked by Saints? at each compass point.

Seller's Note/ Engolpions contained relics of deceased saints - a lock of hair for example, fragments of clothing or some other items that belonged to a saint. More common is a cross that contains an item that was at some time handled by a particular holy person (the pope, for example), or just about anything tangible that has had deep religious significance.

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