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processional cross
  • Spain
  • processional cross, cross: late 1300s; half–length figure of apostle: 1400s; Christ figure: 1500s
  • Where object was made: Spain
  • bronze, copper, gilding, modern wood core
  • Object Height/Width: 70.3 x 35.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 27 11/16 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1979.0048
Label Text

Gilt bronze (?) processional cross with gilt copper insets. Semi-nude male figure (identified as Jesus Christ) center with arms outstretched, head inclined to the right, long hair and beard falling over his chest. He is placed on top of a plaque with the letters “ihs” written on it. Trefoils on the top, sides, and base of the cross with quatrefoils toward the center of the cross below each one. The bottom trefoil has a bust length male figure with a beard and receding hairline. The cross sits on a staff with a flattened circle with six protruding diamond-shapes around the edge. The back shows more damage than the front. There are also trefoils and quatrefoils, but the left hand side is missing. There are no figures. In the center is another square plaque which reads “ihs”.