A fine example of a Byzantine cross reliquary pendant, made here in bronze. It features a hinged base and loop suspension for wear. On the front of the cross in incised an image of the Mother of God, her arms raised in the Orans position. Above the halo that encircles her head an inscription believed to be an abbreviation of Μητηρ (του) Θεου, meaning “Mother of God”. On the reverse, incised lines lead out from the central point to the ends of each arm of the cross. These points, as well as the centre, are empty, and would originally have held small enamel medallions, possible with a figure in each.
Date: Circa 10th-12th century AD.