PROCESSIONAL CROSS. SILVER. WITH HALLMARKS. BARBASTRO (ARAGÓN), SPAIN, 16TH CENTURY.

Antiques - Miscellaneous / Silver Works
Reference: Z6463

Processional cross GOLD PLATED SILVER. Barbastro (Aragón), Spain, sixteenth century.
With marks of contrast and of burilada (foot, surroundings of the Christ).
Processional cross of Latin type made in gilt silver, with foot formed by a cylindrical barrel that increases in width towards the end and has been decorated with floral elements within rhombic spaces, almost spherical apple with male busts in relief (possibly the four Evangelists) and vegetal elements in composition similar to the aforementioned, and molded upper body enhanced with fine vegetable stems that transform into monsters "of round shape". The cross has a cresting on its outline of plant elements, masks (just in the enlargements enhanced by an oval molding with corners) and plant and architectural compositions of classicist influence with winged angel heads (at the quadrifoliate ends of the same, enhanced with moldings and vegetable details). In the other areas of the two main fronts of the same, there is a decoration of oval mirrors with frames of smooth bands and curled volutes; the sides are smooth. On one of the fronts of the piece, is the figure of Christ Crucified (three nails, cloth of short purity, fallen head); in the other, and on a triangular base set with clear gothic memory, stands the Virgin Mary crowned, with the Baby Jesus in her arms.
It is necessary to indicate the survival in this piece of some details of the Spanish Gothic silverware (cresting, which appears around the XV century-, cross finials flordelisados -or similar forms-, widening in the arms of the cross, etc.) , together with elements that already respond to Renaissance influences (shape and decoration of the foot and the apple, elements in light relief around the Crucifix, winged angel heads, figureheads, etc.).
It is also possible to compare it with processional crosses such as the Buerba from the Diocesan Museum of Barbastro-Monzón (from the 16th century, with a striking repertoire of late Renaissance elements and certain similarities with the present); some conserved in the Diocesan Museum of Barbastro (the one of Trillo of century XV, for example); that of Bagüés de Zaragoza of the sixteenth century from the Diocesan Museum of Jaca; the one made in Burgos around 1550 that is today in the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (United States); etc. Weight: 2200 gr."


· Size: 36x13x73 cms.

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