Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition
Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition

Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition

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Golgotha Cross, Handmade in Bronze, Inlaid With Ebony Mid 18th Century, Cast Silver Corpus Christi 16 x 7 Centimetres, Exceptional Condition

This is an absolutely beautiful example of a mid to late 19th century Golgotha crucifix. As you can see from the photographs the bail is pierced from the front and not the side. This means that this beautiful crucifix was not made to wear around the waist or the neck. It was made for the family of a wealthy Christian and it would have been attached to the casket of a loved one and just before internment it would have been presented to the family and then hung in pride of place in the family home, usually above the mantle-piece. However, this lovely cross has clearly spent no time at all above a mantlepiece as it is in pristine condition and so must have been kept in a cabinet or drawer.

The inlay is ebony and the main cross is bronze. The Corpus Christi is of cast silver and it bears the crab mark, which is the small guarantee mark in France, on Christ's right arm.

All of these old inlaid crucifixes from this period were made by hand and usually you can still see the grinding and file marks but here it is beautifully smooth with just the tell tale marks at the base of the bail.

The hill where Christ was crucified was called the hill of Golgotha or Golgotha (The Place of the Skull) long before the time of Christ. The ancients, the Jews believed it was called Golgotha because this was where the skull of Adam was buried. This tradition of Adam's skull became known as The Place of the Skull. This is depicted by the skull and crossbones which adorns the foot of this cross.

This exceptional piece measures 16 cm by 7 cm not including the bail and weighs 102.6 grams.