Antique French Crucifix Jesus Christ Memento Mori, Metal Marble Standing Cross
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This exceptional antique standing cross dates to 1900 France. The Jesus Christ Memento Mori crucifix stands on a large red marble plinth, with a skull and crossbones at the foot of the antique crucifix below the silver-toned metal figure of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus of Nazareth (2 BC – 36 AD), also known as Jesus Christ, is the central figure of Christianity and is revered by most Christian churches as the Son of God and the incarnation of God. The principal sources of information regarding the life of Jesus and His teachings are the four canonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in the New Testament. Biblical scholars agree Jesus was a Galilean Jew, who was regarded as a teacher and healer. He was baptized by John the Baptist and crucified in Jerusalem under the order of Pontius Pilate. Christian views of Jesus center on the belief that he is divine, is the Messiah whose coming was prophesied in the Old Testament, and that he was resurrected after his crucifixion. His mother was the Virgin Mary, also known as Our Lady or the Madonna.
Memento mori is a Latin phrase that may be translated in a variety of ways: Remember that you are mortal, Remember you will die, or Remember your death. In the Christian context, Memento mori has a moralizing purpose, as the prospect of death serves to emphasize the emptiness and fleetingness of earthly pleasures, luxuries, and acheivements. Symbols of death, such as the skull and crossbones, are an invitation to focus one’s thoughts on the prospect of the afterlife. The ritual expression of Memento mori can be found in the Catholic rite of Ash Wednesday, where ashes are placed upon worshipers’ heads with the words, Remember, Man, that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.
Overall Condition is Used - Good. There is damage to the marble behind the skull and crossbones at the foot of the crucifix, as well as damage to the crossbones itself. There are miscellaneous fleabites to the edges of the marble.
Overall measurements (inches)
18.75H x 5.50W x 4D .
Dates to circa
- Newberry, South Carolina
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- Width: 5.5 inches
- Height: 18.75 inches
- Depth: 4 inches
- Weight: 8.6 pounds
- Used - Good. See description for more details.
- Marble, Metal
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