Antique Scumble Painted Wooden Altar Crucifix Cross with Cast Metal Christ (Code 0867)
A wooden cross with Corpus Christie mounted and INRI plaque. It is somewhat unusual in that it has been painted to look like rosewood (an expensive material), a technique called scumble and popular in the late 19th and early 20th century. This helps date the piece and it is likely around 1900. The figure of Christ is cast and plated as is the INRI plaque, and these are simply nailed on (perhaps appropriately) using tacks. The cross sits in the base block and slots in and out at will, there is no sign it was ever glued or fixed so perhaps it was meant to be moved regularly, or a travelling cross of sorts. The scumble painting is only done to the smooth grain of the block frontage, not the cut curve or sides. Quite possibly a hand made personal piece of work rather than production/retail.
Some wear and aging as expected. The plating is pitted a bit and has flaked in places although still largely in place. Possible fracture to foot pad of the casting, shown in close up.
Height: 43.5 cm ( 17 1/2 inch )
Width: 19 cm ( 7 1/2 inch )
Weight: 712 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 0867 NV17-1
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