Munich II (Holy Cross)

Photo:  Residenzmuseum, Munich
Image copyright: Residenzmuseum, Munich.

Made: c.1015-1020, Germany, commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Henry II

Current Location: Residenzmuseum, Munich, Germany

Dimensions and Materials: 36 x 43cm; oak, gold, gemstones, rock crystal, pearls, silk

Iconography: four evangelists surrounding a relic of the Holy Cross; Sacrifice of Isaac, Ecclesia receiving the Blood of the Lamb in a chalice accompanied by Melchisedech and Aaron

Inscriptions: EN CESAR SOPHIAE RENITENS HEINRICUS HONORE/CHRISTE CREATORI DABIT HOC TIBI MUNUS HONORI/IN QUO SANCTA CRUCIS PARS CLAUDITUR AC DECUS ORBIS/REDDE VICEM PATRIAE DONANDO GAUDIA VERE

Bibliography: Braun 1924; Favreau 2003; Lasko 1994; Palazzo 2008

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