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Date: CIR,400-800 CE
Description: Ancient Byzantine Cross
A cross piece from the time period. May have been a piece of jewelry or personal possession.
Christians are known to have venerated the relics of martyrs at least as early as the 2nd century. The Crusades led to the influx of relics from the Middle-East and they became popular items of adornment used for protection of crusaders and the wealthy who could afford them. These crosses were purchased by thousands of pilgrims to Jerusalem. These artifacts where very highly prized by ancient pilgrims and are still very collectable today.