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Crucifix: MAR.M.258-1912

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Crucifix of wood with ivory figure of Christ and ivory plaque above. Bearded Christ with elongated limbs and fluttering loin-cloth that leaves the left thigh bare. The head is thrown back, the lips parted and the eyes raised upwards. On the plaque in black is inscribed 'J.N.R.J.'

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.0 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Early 18th Century
19th century
Circa 1700 CE - Circa 1725 1725 CE Circa 1850 CE - Circa 1900 1900 CE


13.03.1980. Dr. Christian Theuerkauff of Berlin saw this crucifix and considered it to be 19th century, probably the second half of the century.

R.F. Bedford and Miss Longhurst both regarded it as a very fine German work of the early 18th century and not Italian. Miss Longhurst referred to examples in the National Museum, Munich, described as German by Dr. Berliner.

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Components of the work

Crucifix: composed of wood (plant material) Figure, Plaque: composed of ivory Christ: Height 12.0 in

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood with applied carved ivory figure of Christ, and ivory plaque

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.258-1912
Primary reference Number: 31810
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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