ITALIAN, 15TH CENTURY AND LATER
PROCESSIONAL CROSS WITH THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST
partially gilt silver repoussé, mounted on a wood core, on a later wood and metal stand
the appliques on the terminals and central roundel with the Agnus Dei probably later and associated
silver part of the cross: 62 by 55cm., 24½ by 21⅝in.
92cm., 36¼in. overall on stand
Overall the condition of the cross is good, with wear and some dirt to the surface consistent with age. At least some of the appliques appear to be associated or replacements, including the Agnus Dei and the bottom plaque at the back. There is oxidation to the silver throughout, and tarnishing to the gilding. There is some warping to the silver, notably at the edges, and there are several minor losses.
There are small losses (or lacunae) to Christ's perizonium in particular. There is a tear at one of the corners of the bottom applique at the front. It appears that the Christ figure has been re-positioned on the cross, as additional mount holes are visible. Some of the metal pins are missing. There is a small silver insert to the cross beside Christ's feet. The wood core is composed in sections, with joints and plugs visible at the stem.
The modern metal stand is in very good condition.
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