Description One side of the carved wood altar cross shows the Annunciation, Baptism, Nativity, Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Christ in the Synagogue (Luke 4:14-19), Healing of the Blind Man, and Entry into Jerusalem. The other one shows the Raising of Lazarus, Ascension, Crucifixion, Pentecost, Resurrection, Lamentation, and Dormition of the Virgin. The two leaf-shaped fields at the bottom contain images of Christ as the True Vine and the Virgin with Prophets (compare Walters 61.146). The cross was originally fitted with a wooden or metal base.
Provenance Joseph Brummer, Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On one of the narrow sides: Ἀ(ρχὴ) [Π(ίστεως)] Μ(υστηρίου) ΣΤ(αυρός): The Cross is the Beginning of the Mystery [of Faith]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924
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