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Pendant with Chi-Rho

Early Byzantine, 4th–6th century; gold, rock crystal; 3 cm (1 3/16 in.). BZ.1964.12
Pendant with Chi-Rho

This double-sided rock crystal pendant is carved from two hemispherical pieces of crystal held together by a gold band. The pendant bears the image of an emperor drawn by a six-horse chariot, a configuration popular in Roman imperial contexts. In the emperor’s left hand is a globe, and to his left appears a chi-rho monogram symbolizing the initials of Christ.

 

Provenance

Elias (Elie) Bustros, Beirut, Lebanon; purchased from Bustros by Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection Washington, DC, August 1964.

 

Selected Bibliography

S. Boyd and G. Vikan, Questions of Authenticity among the Arts of Byzantium (Washington, DC, 1981), no. 3.

 

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