The Holderness Cross by Unknown Artist

The cross has equal rectangular arms with rounded corners and cloisonne cellwork.


Gold with garnet inlay
5 x 5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£49,547 ( Total: £69,548)
Acquired in:
Sam Fogg

There is a sheet-metal suspension loop at the top. The cell-work is filled with shaped garnets of which about two thirds survive in place. At the centre of the cross is a boss formed by a large cabochon garnet, whose face is incised with a deep circle, probably formerly inlaid with gold. The cross may have been made in Anglia.


Found in Burton Pidsea on the Holderness Peninsula, East Yorkshire; Bonham's 1999; present vendor

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