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Antique German Crucifix with Tools of the Passion

$240.00

Antique German Crucifix with Tools of the Passion

$240.00

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

Shipping: $25

 

Item ID: C161235