The cross consists of three wooden parts. On the obverse, the Crucifixion is painted between a representation of an altar on the upper vertical arm of the cross and a male donor in prayer on its lower vertical arm. Two tiny doors comprise the centre of the cross, painted with the face of the crucified Christ; they part to reveal a rectangular cavity. Provenance: Church of the Holy Cross, Askas, Cyprus

(Byzantine Museum of Holy Bishopric of Tamasos and Oreinis)
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Subject Termstempera, tempera paint, Byzantine art, Archaeology, wood (plant material), wooden, painting (image-making), painted (image-making), the crucifixion of Christ: Christ's death on the cross; Golgotha (Matthew 27:45-58; Mark 15:33-45; Luke 23:44-52; John 19:25-38), Byzantine (culture and style), crucified Christ with Mary and John on either side of the cross; Holy Rood (+ donor(s), supplicant(s), whether or not with patron saint(s))
ProviderAMSHistorica - University of Bologna