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Ivory Crucifix

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Ivory Crucifix
Item Details
Description
19th Century
Ivory, Kamagong and Silver
crucifix: H:22” x L:12” x W:3” (56 cm x 30 cm x 8 cm)
ivory: H:12 1/2” x L:8 1/4” x W:2” (31 cm x 21 cm x 5 cm)

Provenance:
Manila

Every house during the Spanish Colonial Period always had a crucifix. The lower classes were content with having a plain wooden cross, or even one just painted on the wall of their bahay kubo. Those better off would have the figure of Christ carved in wood, but the upper classes had to have one with the corpusdone in ivory.

This particular crucifix has an ivory Cristo nailed to a kamagong cross decorated with silver gilt accoutrements. The torso, including its perizonium or loincloth is carved from a single piece of ivory and has the face of Christ looking up as if asking, “Why have you forsaken me?”. The image once had a crown of thorns and trespotencias, the three rays emanating from the pate that symbolize Christ’s potencies or power, both of which have been lost.

The cross has silver gilt cantoneras or terminals on four ends, signfiying that it was meant to be hung on a wall. If there were only three, it would have been mounted on a wooden base. Each cantonera is made from a small silver sheet embossed and chased with a molding embellished with a design of leaves. Above the head of the figure is attached the INRI, also of gilded silver, with its stylized cartouche embossed and chased with a decorative surround of flowers and leaves.

-Martin I. Tinio, Jr.
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Ivory Crucifix

Estimate ₱220,000 - ₱286,000
Sep 10, 2016
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Starting Price ₱220,000
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0152: Ivory Crucifix
Sold for ₱360,0008 Bids
Est. ₱220,000 - ₱286,000Starting Price ₱220,000
The Magnificent September Auction 2016
Sep 10, 2016 2:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0152 Details
Description
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19th Century
Ivory, Kamagong and Silver
crucifix: H:22” x L:12” x W:3” (56 cm x 30 cm x 8 cm)
ivory: H:12 1/2” x L:8 1/4” x W:2” (31 cm x 21 cm x 5 cm)

Provenance:
Manila

Every house during the Spanish Colonial Period always had a crucifix. The lower classes were content with having a plain wooden cross, or even one just painted on the wall of their bahay kubo. Those better off would have the figure of Christ carved in wood, but the upper classes had to have one with the corpusdone in ivory.

This particular crucifix has an ivory Cristo nailed to a kamagong cross decorated with silver gilt accoutrements. The torso, including its perizonium or loincloth is carved from a single piece of ivory and has the face of Christ looking up as if asking, “Why have you forsaken me?”. The image once had a crown of thorns and trespotencias, the three rays emanating from the pate that symbolize Christ’s potencies or power, both of which have been lost.

The cross has silver gilt cantoneras or terminals on four ends, signfiying that it was meant to be hung on a wall. If there were only three, it would have been mounted on a wooden base. Each cantonera is made from a small silver sheet embossed and chased with a molding embellished with a design of leaves. Above the head of the figure is attached the INRI, also of gilded silver, with its stylized cartouche embossed and chased with a decorative surround of flowers and leaves.

-Martin I. Tinio, Jr.
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Leon Gallery
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Makati City, 1200
Philippines
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