This is a beautiful and very rare old altar cross of carved wood.
Its wood mounting and the wood altar cross are in good structural condition.
The altar cross design reminds us of Black Forest style.
This piece came from France.
The cross measures 16″ H and 6″ W and 3-3/4” D.
This cross depicts Christ and the instruments of His Passion.
Also known as the Arma Christi (“Weapons of Christ”).
Depictions of the Instruments of the Passion may include many combinations of those following (though the cross of Jesus is almost always represented). A primary group of the most frequently used instruments can be distinguished:
This is a very nice old piece, circa 1880’s or earlier.