Kingdom of Prussia; early 19th century
Approximate size: 28.5 cm (h)
The present crucifix, carved with refined precision and care, probably dates to the early 1800s. The manner of Christ’s physique recalls informed Italian influences while the perizonium is remnant of Baroque era modalities. The crown-of-thorns is decidedly German in influence and the wavy, deeply incised detailed treatments of Christ’s hair and beard are suggestive of the Austrian school of wood sculpture. These collective influences point to a probable origin in the Kingdom of Prussia during the early 19th century, perhaps anticipating later imperial court talents like the Steiner dynasty of sculptors. This robust visage of Christ suggests a talented carver, yet to be identified.
Atypical to this crucifix is the piercing on Christ’s proper left rib, rather than the right rib, which is almost always found in depictions of Christ’s crucifixion.
From a German private collection.
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