Sunday, October 17, 2010
Object of the Day: An Early Nineteenth-Century French Crucifix
Hand-turned, ebonized spindles form the body of the cross. The ends of the spindles have been capped with cut-porcelain beads. The figure of Christ is cast in silver. As is often the case with French religious artifacts, the figure is an elongated and idealized form—gaunt, but fluid in design. The turned base upon which the crucifix sits is adorned with a single inlaid-silver skull to represent Golgotha—the Mount of Skulls upon which Christ was crucified.