19" Antique Black Forest - Hand Carved Arma Christi Alter Cross

Code: RC/116


H: 19" (48.3 cm)W: 7" (17.8 cm)D: 4" (10.2 cm)


This is a truly amazing find and is stunning.

19 Inch Antique Black Forest Carving - Hand Carved Arma Christi Alter Cross - c1800's Passion Cross - RC116

A large Arma Christi Black Forest Alter Cross, carved by hand in the late 1700's or early 1800's. Carved from two separate pieces of dark wood, this alter cross is part of a collection that we were very fortunate to be invited to purchase. Items purchased came from the estate of a lifelong collection - that of a well renowned French Religious Antiquities Expert. All items from this estate date from the 16th, 17th and 18th century; please see other listings.

Larger than usual this alter cross stands at 19 inches high in the carved base representing the mount where the Cross was placed. At the heavy base of the cross lie two of the Instruments of the passion - The Hammer and the Pincers, or Pliers. The Cross is inserted into the base, and integrated within the carvings around the cross are many of the other Instruments of the Passion: The Ladder, The Holy Lance, the Holy Sponge, the Crown of Thorns - and draped over the cross bar of the crucifix is the Veil of Veronica. This is an Arma Christi and not a crucifix; the cross has not been designed to hold a figure of Christ.

A beautifully detailed carving that has been carefully preserved for over two hundred years; this is a fine representation of the Arma Christi and the size makes it particularly interesting. In extremely good condition for the age, there are two very thin cracks in the wood, probably due to central heating, but they are not significant. This Arma Christi is in Very Good Antique Condition with only what apperas to be a small restoration to the tip of the spear.

Dimensions: Height including base: 19" x width 7" x depth 4" (48 x 18 x 10 cm). Without packaging the cross and base together weigh 0.6 kg.

Your purchase will be very carefully packaged and despatched via the Irish An Post postal service.
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