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Early XVIII th. c. reliquary cross from Austria




Superb reliquary cross carved from one piece of a beautiful blonde fruitwood. The reverse hollow, accessible by sliding two strips of wood, contains a composition of pearls and paperole, housing relics, probably made in the nineteenth century. The style of the figures is tempered Baroque tempered, with animated draperies and slightly mannierist figures. The work is typical of Baroque Austria and southern Germany.

The frontside is carved with many figures from the Holy Book, in a savant composition reminiscent of medieval crosses. In the center, a Corpus of Christ, surrounded by the Evangelists, in their human forms as well as their symbolic representations as winged animal. In the lower part, the Holy Spirit as a dove overlooks the figures of St Luke and the Virgin Mary, whose heart is pierced by a sword. Above the Christ, a bearded figure holding a flowering branch, and blessed with his left hand: this is probably the father of God, or perhaps the prophet Isaiah.

Superb preservation. Some traces of ancient gilding. Very slight accidents and lacks of sculpture, some insect damage. A ring for suspension.

   Composition: Carved wood, gilding remains
   Provenance : France - Art Market
   Origin : Austria
   Period: Early eighteenth century.
   Dimensions: Height: 45 cm - Width: 22.5 cm

        Ref. : md-171  

   Price & Conditions : 2500 euros -

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