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20th C. Spanish Colonial Painted Wood Cross

New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial inspired, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A handsome folk art cross, carved from wood, with a green background and an integrated white and blue pedestal. "INRI" is painted at the top of the cross, while a carved rooster - a symbol of Christ's Passion - is nailed on the lower bar. An axe on a long pole, a ladder, and a short, goblet-shaped pedestal also are attached to the cross. Drilled perforations on the crossbar suggest that there may once have been a different figure attached to it. Hammered tin wings are attached to the back of the cross and give it a dramatic appearance. Size: 16.35" W x 36" H (41.5 cm x 91.4 cm)

Condition: Small areas of inactive insect damage on the pedestal and edges. Craquelure with some overpainting on the wooden surface.

Provenance: private California, USA collection

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