Late Roman-Byzantine Bronze Simple Cross Pendant

£ 120.00

A fine Late Roman-Byzantine bronze cross pendant. The pendant is composed of three uniform cylindrical arms, and one fourth arm which is slightly longer than the rest. On the top of the longest arm is a loop for suspension. The surface has some earthly encrustations and patination on it.

Date: Circa 4th-9th Century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, suitable for modern wear with care.


SKU: CS-331 Category: Tags: , ,

During the Roman Empire Christianity was persecuted until the early 4th century AD, with the Great Persecution lasting between 303 and 311 AD. With the Edict of Milan in 313 AD, emperors Constantine and Licinius granted liberty of cult for all religions, including Christianity. However, it was only in 380 AD, with emperor Theodosius, that Christianity became the only official religion of the Empire. Crosses of this type would have been worn in everyday life but also buried with the deceased to seek salvation in the afterlife.

Weight 4.6 g
Dimensions H 3.2 cm




Reference: For a similar item, see the British Museum, item number 1924,1006.12