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Crucifixion Pax Tablet


“Crucifixion” Pax Tablet, Italian master, brass, c. 1550-1650.

The Crucifixion relief shows Christ on the cross, flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Evangelist. The relief is a typical late Renaissance “osculatorium,” or pax tablet, used by Catholic priests for the “Kiss of Peace,” during the celebration of the Eucharist. It was framed in a later period and re-used as the eleventh “Station of the Cross.” Its small scale, arched shape, iconography, figures and drapery style indicate an original date in the late sixteenth to mid-seventeenth century, when the Catholic Counter Reform encouraged popular devotion.

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