This is a wonderfully detailed antique hand-carved crucifix. The cross is carved to look like rough hewn logs and seems to erupt from a patch of reeds growing on a mound of rocks. Above Christ’s head is the INRI, and beneath His feet are the skull & crossbones. Throughout the history of the Church, the skull & crossbones symbol has had several meanings: Christ’s victory over death, Christ as the New Adam crucified on Golgotha “the Place of the Skull”, and as a memento mori – a reminder of death and the Four Last Things.
Behind the cross can be seen four of the tools associated with Our Lord’s Passion known as the Arma Christi:
The Reed – which was mockingly placed in Jesus' hand as a scepter. The Ladder – used for the Deposition, i.e. the removal of Christ's body from the cross for burial. The Holy Lance – with which a Roman soldier inflicted the final of the Five Wounds in Jesus' side. The Holy Sponge – set on a reed, with which gall and vinegar were offered to Jesus.
Condition: One arm of the skull & crossbones is missing. Please see pictures.
Dimensions: Crucifix – 17” tall x 7” wide; Base – 4.75” wide x 4” deep
This is a magnificent antique religious statue. It is a youthful Blessed Virgin Mary with a sad, pensive expression. Our Lady is shown with her eyes lowered and her head slightly bowed. She is in dark robes with a veil that hangs in soft folds around her face. Her simple and elegant halo is radiant brass. Beautiful and moving.
We believe this piece is plaster covered wood. Made in Barcelona, Spain.
Condition: There are a few small chips in the plaster. Please See Pictures.
This is a stunning antique holy water font. The central image is an elongated Chi Rho christogram set in classic Art Deco period framing. The piece is metal with a bright brassy finish and a fluted plastic font bowl. Made in Germany.
Chi Rho Christogram:
According to the ancient historian Eusebius of Caesarea (circa 300 AD), Emperor Constantine I, who was not Christian, had a vision while on the march with his army. The emperor and his entire army saw a cross above the sun with the inscription “By this sign you will conquer” in Greek. Later, Christ appeared to him in a dream and instructed Constantine to use this sign as a protection in battle. Constantine ordered a likeness of the vision to be used as his new military standard and went on to win his battles. This insignia is now known as the Chi- Rho.
Constantine went on to study Christian theology and called a stop to the ongoing persecutions. He also decriminalized Christian worship with the Edict of Milan which allowed Christianity to flourish safely for the first time.
Condition: There are small scratches and wear in the finish. Please See Pictures.
This is a stunning small vintage religious statue. The Blessed Virgin Mother is shown with her eyes lowered and her head bowed demurely. She is wearing soft pale blue robes with brilliant gold trim that matches the gold of her halo. Magnificent!
Condition: There are a few small chips. Please See Pictures.