A beautifully made CRUCIFIX from the Peruvian Highlands. This is a good sized piece being 29 1/4" in height with a maximum width of 16". It is made of Paris Gesso...a plaster mix commonly used in figurines and religious pieces. The unique stepped and rounded base has a very strong Deco influence suggesting that the piece comes from around 1930 to 1940. Most likely to have been in a Church at one time.Gesso, ( Italian: “gypsum” or “chalk”) fluid white coating, composed of plaster of paris, chalk, gypsum, or other whiting mixed with glue, applied to smooth surfaces such as wood panels, plaster, stone, or canvas to provide the ground for tempera and oil painting or for gilding and painting carved furniture and picture frames. In medieval and Renaissance tempera painting, the surface was covered first with a layer of gesso grosso (rough gesso) made with coarse unslaked plaster, then with a series of layers of gesso sottile (finishing gesso) made with fine plaster slaked in water, which produced an opaque, white, reflective surface.
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