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processional cross
  • Nicola da Guardiagrele, or workshop
    1380 or 1390–1459
    active: Italy
  • processional cross, circa 1450
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • wood, bronze, gilding
  • Object Height: 70.5 cm
    Object Height: 27 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1952.0022
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Gilt bronze processional cross. Cross mounted with foliage pattern on top of a flattened circle. Male figure (identified as Jesus Christ) center with outstretched arms, long hair, and a beard and mustache. Half-length figure of a female with robes and a head covering on the left bar of the cross. half-length figure of a male in robes with his hands clasped at the left side on the right side of the cross. half-length figure of a female with long curly hair and a container at the base. Bird (goose?) in a woven basket at the top. Verso of cross has a full length seated figure of a male holding a book in his proper left hand with his right hand raised, palm out at chest height. To his left is a half-length figure of a male holding a book in his left hand and a dagger in his right with a bald head and beard and mustache. The half-length figure of a male on the far right hold a staff in his right hand and a book in his left and wears a hat. The half-length figure of a male on the top holds a staff with a cross on the top in his left hand. The half-length figure of a male at the bottom holds a pole which is bent at the end in his right hand and is bald with a beard and moustache. The sides of the cross have a floral pattern.