Crosses and Crucifix Bottles

Full Pictures and Close-ups: Contemporary Crucifix Bottle from Austria

Height Bottle Markings
11 " high,
5 1/2" wide,
3 1/2" deep
rectangular bottle, no markings
Description, including signature and date
This bottle was made in the 1990's by Austrian bottle artist, Erich Bischof. He copies the styles of traditional religious bottles. This one contains a crucifix and altar, with a paper cutout of Christ on the cross. The altar features two candles, a eucharist chalice and host, and paper cutouts of saints and angels. Behind the altar are two pillars with flowers and some of the usual symbols of the passion: a rooster, a ladder, a spear and a flail. Two more religious pictures are in front of the altar, along with dice and a flagon. The turned wooden stopper has been polished to a smooth finish. This bottle is not signed or dated like the other bottle by Herr Bischof.
Above, the artist Erich Bischof, who lives not too far from Vienna, in his workshop. He makes ships and trains in bottles as well as traditionally-designed religious bottles. He got into the art when he helped his son make a ship-in-bottle in 1992.

(Photo courtesy of Peter Huber)


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