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ca. 1300
Made in Ile de France, France
Oak, polychromy
Overall (with cross): 59 3/4 x 45 5/8 x 13 1/8 in. (151.8 x 115.9 x 33.3 cm) Overall (without cross): 55 1/8 x 41 5/16 x 12 1/8 in. (140 x 105 x 30.8 cm) weight: 33lb. (15kg)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The image of the suffering Christ crucified with three nails emerged in western Europe in the 1100s. Such crucifixes, with Christ wearing a crown of thorns, played a part in devotions relating to the Passion liturgy.
George Grey Barnard (American, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1863–1938 New York), New York; Demotte Inc.(sold 1922)
H.S. "An Early Gothic Crucifix." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 17, no. 12 (December 1922). pp. 257-58.

Wixom, William D. "Medieval Sculpture at the Metropolitan: 800 to 1400." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 62, no. 4 (2005). p. 27.

Hoffmann, Godehard. Das Gabelkreuz in St. Maria im Kapitol zu Köln und das Phänomen der Crucifixi dolorosi in Europa. Arbeitsheft der rheinischen Denkmalpflege 69; Studien zu Kunstdenkmälern im Erzbistum Köln 2. Worms: Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft, 2006. p. 126.

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