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Pendant tau cross ('striglakors'); silver, embossed with floral ornament on both sides, the front with an applied small crucifix figure. Seven large convex discs hang from arms and foot, and two smaller discs form the angle of the arms, all stamped with five star motifs. The cross is bordered with ropework; at the top a spherical knob with pendant loop.
- Made in: Sweden
- Length: 10.6 centimetres
For similar pendant tau crosses of this type, traditionally worn in Sweden since the middle ages, see Iona Plath, 'The Decorative Arts of Sweden, New York 1848, p. 90, and Sigfrid Svensson, 'Folkligt dräktsilver Ur Kulturens samlingar', Västerås 1978, p. 25 (an example dated circa 1400-1500) and pp. 82-83, all from Skåne. These crosses often have Ave Maria monogram pendants as well as hanging discs (see for example OA. 1445). The later examples illustrated by Svensson (pp. 82-3) do not have Ave Maria monogram pendants and bear decoration very close to this cross.
For another example, see OA.1445.
'Received from the Trustees of the Christy Collection in exchange for duplicates from Haslar Hospital.' (acquisitions register for 1868,0309). For explanation see 1868,0309.4. The register also notes that these pieces were 'all from Norway'; they are all made in Sweden. Norway was still united to Sweden until 1905 which may explain the confusion.
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Pendant tau cross; silver; nine slightly convex discs hanging from arms and foot; spherical knob at top with loop; front: embossed figure of Christ; floral decorations and beaded and ribbed boder.
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Object reference number: MCN12755
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