A rare and fascinating reliquary/devotional object of the 'True Cross' dating to the 17th - 18th century. This natural rock crystal bears a rutilated inclusions forming a cross. This natural phenomenon would have been seen as 'holy' and 'magical', enough that the crystal was housed in a silver-gilt bevel and set upon a stand or worn as a pectoral pendant. The crystal is unfortunately fractured and the holes revealing the rutile (which is a dark brown and of a wood colour), that it appears had been dropped or had an iconoclast smash it? It is, however, still a rare object that may once have been venerated as a sacred relic?
DATE: 17th - 18th century
MATERIAL: Silver-gilt bevel and rock crystal
SIZE: 546.55mm x 40.31mm x 20.43mm (bevel 49.55mm x 43.58mm x 10.24mm)
WEIGHT: 47.02 grams crystal (19.31 grams bevel) 66.33 grams total
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection, France.
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