Date Added: 01 October 2005
This is a complex monastery work around 1880 showing the scene of the crucifixion. A paper Jesus cut out from a holy card hang on a delicate and well-carved wooden cross. The cross is nicely cared with the ends of the arms bottony (or botonny), i.e. shaped like an architectural trefoil. A paper Mary also cut from a holy card kneels at the base of the cross. The bottle contains numerous carved wooden items. Among them is a rooster perched on a nicely carved pedestal. The rooster has a large red comb, waddle, and a long "feathered" tail. There is a pair of pliers, mallet, and very detailed sword with decorative handle and beside that is a heart shaped quiver with 3 arrows. There is a handled urn sitting on 3 stacked dice. A ladder with 6 rungs leans against the back of the cross. Mounted on the cross-piece base are long spears and a long pole with a sponge on the end. Both poles have a spiraled decorative paper going the full length. There is also a flail with carved wood ropes. At the base of the cross is a long wooden serpent with a long red tongue extended out as if hissing. The bottle is sealed with a wooden shaft and at the bottom is an "impossible" cross piece inside the bottle making it impossible to remove the top. On top and outside the bottle is a very decorative gold painted wooden stopper with a well carved steeple and a cross at the top. The bottle is very old and very thin glassed making it extremely lightweight. The only marking on the bottle is an embossed "400" on the rough finished bottom. This bottle was made by the same person who made Bottle ID 672.
|Type:||Crucifixion Scene||Maker's Name:|
|Bottle Size:||7 1/2" x 2 3/4"||Year Made:||1880 - 1900|