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woven crucifix
  • Ne'ivi Davi (Highland Mixtec) peoples
  • woven crucifix, 1989
  • Where object was made: San Pedro Jocotepec, Mexico
  • wheat, yarn, weavng, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 x 11 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 3/4 x 4 5/16 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5204

The crucifix was created from woven wheat. The shatterheads are the top of the cross. The wheat stems on the cross are bound with red, blue and green yarn. The body is woven and the knees are bent. The hands, feet and waist are tied in place. It has a red crown of woven wheat.

It was sold on Palm Sunday and was usually kept in the house until the following year.