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Cross

  • Object:

    Cross

  • Place of origin:

    Lebanon (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver filigree decorated with green enamel and set with red pastes

  • Museum number:

    88-1873

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In the 19th century non-Islamic minorities existed in large numbers in the Syrian region. They often dressed in a similar manner to their Moslem neighbours, but details of their jewellery might reveal their faith.

This cross was probably made for an Orthodox Christian of the Greek or Armenian Church. Details such as the pendant discs and the red and green pastes are similar to those found on Moslem jewellery from the same area.

Physical description

Hollow silver filigree Latin cross of rectangular section with flat green enamel motifs added at the ends of each arm and in the angles between the arms. The front is set with six red pastes (one missing). There are loops at the ends of each of the arms and in the two lower angles, each of which holds a loose ring. The four rings across the centre each have filigree discs, and the one at the bottom of the cross has a small filigree cross.

Place of Origin

Lebanon (made)

Date

1860-1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver filigree decorated with green enamel and set with red pastes

Dimensions

Width: 6.4 cm, Length: 10.4 cm

Descriptive line

Silver filigree cross with five red glass insets and green enamel decoration, with pendants, Lebanon, 1860-1870.

Materials

Silver; Glass; Enamel

Techniques

Filigree

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity

Collection

Middle East Section

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