Mount Athos Cross
This beautifully carved cross was made in one of the many monasteries around Mount Athos in the 17th or 18th century, and was bequeathed to The Courtauld in 1966. It is on display to the public for the first time from 30 October to 3 February 2013. We have had it conserved for the occasion and are looking forward to celebrating it as an object of beauty and historical significance, for the first time in more than forty years.
Explore the cross in great detail. Hover over each area to find out about the scenes or click to see close-ups
Explore side A
Read a blog post by Dr Eleni Dimitriadou about the display.
The Athos Cross was put online as part of Illuminating Objects, a pilot programme of The Courtauld Gallery which aims to shine new light on unexpected objects from the decorative arts and sculpture collections. Find out more