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Processional Cross

Date:
ca. 1450
Geography:
Made in Aragon, Spain
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Silver-gilt, with traces of enamel on walnut core
Dimensions:
Overall: 36 11/16 x 16 x 4 1/8 in. (93.2 x 40.6 x 10.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Ella Brummer, in memory of her husband, Ernest Brummer, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.363.1
  • Description

    Intended for processional use rather than for stationary placement upon an altar, this cross is of a type developed in northern Spain that would have originally contained translucent enamel plaques, like those exhibited nearby. The central medallion on the front shows Christ in Majesty, with the mourning Virgin on the left terminal and Adam rising from the tomb at the base, while at the top is an image alluding to the self-sacrifice of the devout pelican in order to save her young. On the back the four Evangelist symbols surround a medallion featuring the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

  • Provenance

    [ Ruiz, Madrid]; Ernest Brummer, New York; [ Galerie Koller AG, Zurich, with Spink & Son, London (sold 1979)]; Ella Bache Brummer, New York (until 1982)

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