A very fine solid bronze standing crucifix, it holds an Agnus Dei wafer in the reliquary chamber. It originates from a religious collection near the city of Troyes, France and dates towards 1860.
The Agnus Dei is the invocation to the Lamb of God sung or recited during the fraction of the Host (in the Mass of the Roman Rite and also in the Eucharist of the Anglican Communion, the Lutheran Church, and the Western Rite of the Orthodox Church). In the 19th century, the large Agnus Dei candle (used in the Roman Catholic service) was cut into wafers which were embossed with the Holy Lamb of God. These small wafers were used in many forms of reliquaries (pendentif, paperolle, convent work, monastery work).
The heavy and very solid bronze cast Crucifix has a beautiful and simple form. The base has four large corner feet which resemble flames. The pedestal base has gradations of size with pretty curved edges. There is an urn shape attaching the base to the crucifix. The arms of the cross each have a beautiful finial. The reliquary has radiating "beams" which go outward between the arms. There is a solid cast (stylistic flowers) frame which holds the glass center. The reliquary box is thick (3/4", the box seems to be sealed....we have tried to open it but it does not budge). The Agnus Dei wafer has lost clarity over time but you can still see the shape of the Lamb of God , a cross and an altar.
It measures: 15 3/4" tall, the cross arms 7" wide, the reliquary window and wafer 2 1/8" x 1 1/2", the base 4" square. It is in excellent antique condition.
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