This is a beautiful vintage altar crucifix made of substantial iron with a shining gold finish. It is almost a foot tall and is very substantial. It is ornately detailed and extremely well made.
The occurrence of a crucifix on the altar first appeared in the 6th century, though it was uncommon and often discouraged.
It wasn't until a treatise dictated by Pope Innocent III in the early 13th century, that the crucifix was an expected ornament to the altar.
During Catholic mass, the altar crucifix serves as a reminder to the people in attendance that the Eucharist is the actual body and blood of Christ.
This crucifix is ornately decoration, bearing a distinctly flamboyant style. Each arm of the cross exhibits ornate foliate scrolling and wonderful detail. The Christ figure is also very highly detailed.
Above Christ's head you will find the traditional crucifix inscription, INRI. This stands for the Latin phrase "Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum" or "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews".
The base to which the crucifix is affixed is equally ornamented with a motif of leaves, scrollwork with a large shield-shaped cartouche on the front and back.
There are two raised maker's marks on the underside of the base which read "JB 2033" and "Pat. Aug. 30 1921".
As you can see, the right arm of the cross shows some wear and rust, while the gold-colored finish has worn off of one small part of the figure's leg as well as a small area of the cross. The interior of the base also shows some wear.
Overall, this dramatic and ornate altar crucifix remains in good vintage condition.
11" tall, 5 ¼" wide at cross, 3 ½" wide base, 2 ¾" long base
Weight: 1 lb., 4 oz.
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