One of a kind and difficult to date. 5 ¾” height. Evidently Western European (probably Spanish colonial) absent the “foot rest” which identifies Eastern European (Russian, Hungarian or Slavic) examples. The fully and literally modeled Corpus Christi suggest an age no earlier than about 1500 and probably no later than 1800. The flared beam terminals with roped surrounds to the openings are consistent with Mexican folk metalwork. The patriarchal cross or Cross of Lorraine is descended from the byzantine, though poorly understood. It is used in heraldry including by Scottish Right Masons. This example has been excavated, evidently under water, and remains untouched. It came on the market in Florida strongly suggesting an amateur diver’s find.

Stock Number: FNS10478

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