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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian; Langobardic
Creator Name-CRT: Langobardic
Title: Five Appliqués in the Shape of a Cross
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 598
Creation End Date: 602
Creation Date: ca. 600
Creation Place: From Castel Trosino, central Italy
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: gold
Dimensions: L. of largest cross 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm)
Description: The Langobards of Italy adopted the custom of sewing one or more undecorated crosses on the shrouds of the deceased. The origin and meaning of the custom, which was specific to the Langobards, remain uncertain. This group of five crosses was found in the grave of a Langobardic horseman, who was buried in his warrior costume with weapons, shield, helmet, and horse fittings. Five crosses is an exceptionally large number from a single grave and offers testimony to the warrior's high rank .
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 95.15.79.?83
Credit Line: Purchase, 1895
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.95.15.79.-83
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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