Feb 2, 2009
Feb 2, 2009

Double-Arm Reliquary Cross

Double-Arm Reliquary Cross

c. 1100–1200


Overall: 10.5 x 5.3 x 1.5 cm (4 1/8 x 2 1/16 x 9/16 in.); Former: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1983.208


This elegant double-arm cross once contained fragments of four of the most important relics of Christ’s Passion, namely a portion of the True Cross, a piece of Christ’s sudarium (sweat cloth), and fragments of the reed staff and sponge used by Christ’s tormentors to mock him and give him vinegar for his thirst during the Crucifixion. The identity of these relics and their placement in the cross are indicated by open cavities on the reliquary’s front and accompanying Latin inscriptions on its back.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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