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RARE LG Antique Italian 16.5" Micro Mosaic Altar Style Crucifix, Dove, Chalice or Holy Grail
Rare LARGE antique Italian micro mosaic 16.5" tall altar style free-standing crucifix, silvered bronze Christ figure with colorful figural mosaics throughout including chalice or Holy Grail below the figure, white dove above and birds at each point of the cross! Even the round base or stand has three micro mosaic inset panels on the front and sides! A Grand Tour era piece, likely meant as a souvenir of Italy but wouldn't be out of place at all in a museum or notable cathedral. No maker or foundry marks but that's quite common with these. Very rarely have we ever found one that had been commissioned or marked. A truly spectacular find, don't miss it! We're also listing another large micro mosaic or micro mosaic crucifix this week, this one with architectural and figural medallions showing famous and important Vatican City & Rome buildings!
Very good to excellent condition. No missing tesserae that I can see but there may be one or two tiny glass tiles missing. Some age tarnish spots to the nickel or silvered finish but no dents, bends, damage or repairs to note. See pictures for all measurements.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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