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Crucifix, c. 1650-1699

Unknown (Italian, Rome or Florence - late 17th century)

ebony and walnut, gilt bronze, and hard stones (lapis lazuli, amethyst, agate, jasper, cornelian, chalcedony, and marble)
185 x 72 x 28.5 cm
Purchased 1981
National Gallery of Canada (no. 26773)

Below the figure of Christ, on a cross of amethyst and lapis lazuli, gilt-bronze angels hold symbols of the Passion: the hammer, the rod with a sponge, the lance of Longinus, and the tongs. The column of the Flagellation, with flails and dice, is shown in relief. The walnut and ebony base is decorated with pietre dure, the name given to the inlay of hard, semi-precious stones.

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