Bronze stauros (cross) pendant, Coptic

Bronze stauros (cross) pendant, Coptic
Period:Egypt, Coptic Period, Coptic Period
Dating:250 AD–641 AD
Origin:Egypt, Lower Egypt, Memphis
Physical:3.6cm. (1.4 in.) - 5 g. (.2 oz.)

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  This bronze stauros (cross) pendant with a dark-blue glass inlay is a Coptic cross, meaning “salvation and protection.” This bronze artifact is most probably from Memphis, 250-641 AD.

Petrie (1914: Plate XXIII, fig. 37 v, 32, fig. A 137 v) documents a similar stauros.

Bibliography (for this item)

Petrie, W.M. Flinders
1914 Amulets. Constable & Company, London, UK. (Plate XXIII, fig. 137 v
32, fig.A 137 v)

Posener, Georges, Serge Sauneron, and Jean Yoyotte
1970 Dictionnaire de la civilisation Egyptienne. 2nd edition. Fernand Hazan, Paris, France. (

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