Crucifix

Probably German, possibly Italian
17th century


Dimensions

Overall: 86.7 x 14 x 26.7 cm (34 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

02.232

Medium or Technique

Amber

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

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.

Provenance

Alessandro Castellani (1823-1883), Rome; late 19th century, acquired in Rome by William Arnold Buffum; 1902, bequest of William Arnold Buffum to the MFA.

Credit Line

Bequest of William Arnold Buffum