Rare, beautifully preserved ancient Cross pendant from an early Christian period featuring ancient "budded" design with colored enamel inlays on one side and hand-carved image of the cross on the reverse. The frame appears to be cast from bronze or similar copper alloy. It bears marks from hand grinding tools of the coppersmith and has original uncleaned dark patina from the past centuries. Similar objects are often called "Viking" crosses and are dated c. 10-13th century (according to the available literature; please see the last picture).
Good antique condition, slightly bent, has few superficial dents and scratches, and worn out due to age and devotional wearing. The enamel inlays are partially preserved, and lost original color. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic ancient symbol of Christian faith, this Cross is a collectible object and is not recommended for wearing because of its potential fragility and unknown chemical composition. The four crossbar ends are shaped as a single larger "bud" each flanked by two small "buds".It was suggested that the shapes might symbolize budding, like multiple flower buds would represent people's journey of growth in the Christian faith: flowers growing, but not yet in full bloom. The style of the pendant is also similar to the early "budded" cross pendants of Celtic or Northern European (Scandinavian) origin. Similar crosses are often described as 10-11th century "Viking" crosses. Such crosses traveled across Europe during the Viking Age, a period of Nordic military, mercantile and demographic expansion reaching the Byzantine Empire, France, Italy, Baltic nations and Ancient Russia (Rus). Please examine all photographs carefully and do your own research if necessary. Please note that photographs are an important part of the item's description. Quarter coin, measuring meter and a decorative stone are not for sale, and photographed with the item in order to provide a size reference or artistic background. There are no guarantees with the listing because most items are original vintage or antique objects that are quite old.
The item "ANTIQUE MEDIEVAL 10-13th CENTURY VIKING-AGE BRONZE CROSS INLAID with ENAMEL" is in sale since Friday, January 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Christianity\Crucifixes & Crosses". The seller is "godblessyou21" and is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Uruguay, Iceland, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Russian federation, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Turks and caicos islands, Bolivia, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Jersey, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Pakistan, Canada, South africa, Colombia, Antigua and barbuda, Saint lucia, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Maldives, Reunion.