Probably German, possibly Italian
Overall: 86.7 x 14 x 26.7 cm (34 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)
Cross of red translucent amber; figure of Christ and two female figures on either side of the base are of opaque amber, resembling ivory. Crucifix rests on casket-like base of amber.
This crucifix is made from a variety of types of amber, from the red, translucent cross to the opaque, ivory-like figures of Christ and two women, to the solid base below.
Alessandro Castellani (1823-1883), Rome; late 19th century, acquired in Rome by William Arnold Buffum; 1902, bequest of William Arnold Buffum to the MFA.
Bequest of William Arnold Buffum