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 sweet vintage religious statue. It is a young Christ shown in beautiful iridescent robes and with 22k gold paint detailing. The Child Jesus is shown giving a benediction with one hand while holding a globe with a cross in the other. The globe and cross are an ancient symbol of authority and when Jesus is shown holding it it is referred to as the Salvator Mundi or The Savior of the World.
This is a beautiful vintage devotional wall plaque. The Blessed Virgin Mother is shown holding a young Christ in her arms. Our Lady is holding Jesus in both hands with a bouquet of roses in the crook of her arm. So Sweet.
This is a magnificent vintage religious devotional. It is a sculpted image of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding an infant Christ in her arms. Our Lady is wearing voluminous medieval style robes with a shorter veil over long hair. Christ Jesus is shown holding a dove in one hand, representing the Holy Spirit, and a loaf of bread in the other, representing the Holy Eucharist.
This piece has a matt finish with green patina highlighting the details. The reverse is painted gold and there are two holes to allow mounting.
This is a fantastic vintage piece of devotional art. It is a sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a toddler Jesus on her lap. Our Lady is sitting comfortably in a chair hugging Our Lord close. This piece is after the famous 1514 painting “The Madonna della Seggiola” by Raphael.
It is in an oval frame, matted and with convex glass. T
Please Note: Similar pieces are often mistakenly referred to as Meerschaum, but most are made French Pipeclay.
Condition: The original backing has been replaced with cardboard. Please See Pictures