This is a wonderfully detailed antique crucifix. The cross and corpus are simple and elegant, typical of the Art Deco period. Positioned at Christ’s feet is the lone figure of Mary Magdalene kneeling with her hands clasped in prayer. Her sorrow and despair are palpable.
A particularly striking aspect is the large skull resting at Mary's knees. Traditionally, the skull at the foot of the cross had several meanings: Christ’s victory over death, Christ as the new Adam crucified on Golgotha “the Place of the Skull” believed to be where Adam is buried, and a memento mori - a reminder of death and the final four things.
Condition: The figure and cross are a bit loose, but these could be easily tightened.
Dimensions: Cross - 15” tall; Base - 6” wide x 4” tall
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 an amazing vintage crucifix for home devotions. It is designed to look like the ancient wayside crosses still commonly found in the European countryside. There are two steps leading to a bench or altar at the foot of the cross. The crucifix and altar are sheltered under an A-framed roof with small rocks as roof snow guards. These crosses have been erected over the centuries as way-markers and as memorials. They were popular stopping points for rest and prayer used by travelers on pilgrimage.
The entire piece is hand-carved wood with a gray plastic corpus.
This is a stunning antique engraving of the Crucifixion, showing Our Lord on the cross gazing toward heaven. The scene is entitled “Le Calvaire” (or Calvary) and is signed by B. Wicker with the notation “D’apres Van Dyk” meaning it was engraved in the likeness of a Van Dyk painting. Magnificent.