German 2nd half 12th century
A German bronze processional cross, probably second half 12th century
Engraved gilded bronze. The cross beams, the lowest of which has a pricket on its underside, are each decorated with borders of identical stylised rosettes. The crowned Corpus Christi is shown crucified with four nails, His feet resting on a subpedaneum. The perizonium is carefully rendered and of noticeably angular design. The work is almost certainly German in origin and it has been suggested that it may have been made in Saxony.
A small breakage to the neck of Christ. Minimal wear, two of the finials at the angles lost. Height 36 cm. Width 24 cm.
Auctioned by Artcurial, Paris, 18.05.2004, lot 373. - South German private collection.