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Grave cross

Grave cross

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hammered iron, painted and gilt

  • Museum number:

    656-1891

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114e, case WN

Physical description

Grave cross of hammered iron, the original paint colours of red, green and gold restored. The cross shows the Virgin, St. John and an unknown female saint. The medallion would have originally had an inscription identifying the dead person.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Hammered iron, painted and gilt

Dimensions

Height: 105 cm, Width: 55 cm, Depth: 10 cm

Historical context note

Iron crosses were commonly used as grave markers in Austria and Germany from the 17th century onwards.

Descriptive line

Ironwork grave cross, hammered iron with restored red, green and gold paint, shows the Virgin, St. John and a female saint, made in Germany, 18th century

Labels and date

GRAVE CROSS
Hammered iron, painted red, green and gold
Germany; 18th century

The original paint colours have been restored. The cross shows the Virgin, St. John and an unknown female saint. The medallion would have originally had an inscription identifying the dead person. Iron crosses were commonly used as grave markers in Austria and Germany from the 17th century onwards. Other examples are also on display in the central section of the gallery.

Museum No. 656-1891 [07/1994]

Materials

Iron

Techniques

Hammering; Painting (coating); Gilding

Subjects depicted

Saints

Categories

Metalwork; Death; Religion; Christianity; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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