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Crucifix and Cross Bottles
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Height Bottle Markings
11 5/8" round, but with some shaping of the neck and just below the neck; no markings
Description, including signature and date

The cross stands between two large palm leaves. There are a few tools, some on a separate bar in front of the foot of the cross. All of the carved contents are painted gold. The figure of Christ has been cut from a holy card. Above his head is a hand-lettered banner with INRI.

The most unusual feature of this bottle is the piece of paper or card beneath the feet of Christ. It says in Spanish "Jesús Crucificado" (Christ crucified). I have some body of evidence supporting an eastern European origin for this folk art form; this is the only bottle I have that might suggest an Hispanic maker. Or it could have been made in Texas or southern California.

crosses 21-30
crosses 1-10 back