Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. 18th century CE. An impressive hand-forged iron cross or crucifix, detached from an accompanying staff, with a conical lower section meant for resting on a tall pole. A rectangular mid-section has twin sets of curved lateral flanges as well as a pair of upraised curved protrusions meant to resemble the crook of a Shepard's cane. The upper section displays a grandiose cross, with each of three arms having a fleur-de-lis terminal profile and four ray-shaped beams of light extending from each interior corner. This type of cross was used in Christian processions, particularly during la Semana Santa. A decorative program of incised circular dots outline the interior borders of all details, and the forged iron has developed a lustrous red-brown layer of patina across all surfaces. A veritable Spanish Colonial treasure! Size: 11.5" H (29.2 cm).
Provenance: private Omer Claiborne collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; acquired over the last 40 years
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