In the Spotlight: the Ancient Phos Zoe
We are pleased to debut Gallery Byzantium’s newest design: The Ancient Phos Zoe Cross
. This 6th century design features a beautiful acrostic message and is sure to become a treasured part of your collection.
Original 6th century cross. Via archive.asia.si.edu.
An inherently simple design, the Greek Cross is typically ornamented with additional letters and/or symbols. Our Ancient Phos Zoe Cross is comprised of the Greek Cross acting as a type of ancient crossword with the words PHOS (“light”) and ZOE (“life”) intersecting. The crossed words reflect the crucified Christ, proclaiming him as the light and life of the world.
This ancient Byzantine cross is believed to be from Cyprus and is now a part of the collection at the Freer Gallery of Art
. Cyprus, due to its central location in the Mediterranean, has acted as a hub for voyagers and trade. Perhaps this led to the Byzantine influences we see on this Greek Cross.
Cyprus has a long history of jewelry-making, namely filigree designs, which continues today. We found a wonderful video showing the process and finished product from these artisans. You can view the video below or click here
to view it directly on YouTube.
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