Rare baroque Christ on the cross with flowers
This Crucifix is very special by his baroque and floral composition.
Notice the movement of the robe, the grace of His pose (S-shaped as the Byzantine style), the golden rays around His head composing the Aureole. On the flag above his head is written INRI the acronym of Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rex Iūdaeōrum (Jesus from Nazareth, king of the jews).
The wood still smells like Church's incense.
Remember: You don't have to be Christian to appreciate beauty.
Origin: most likely north of the Alps, rural origin
maybe (re-) colored in the 19th century
Pauline tells you a story:
Western crucifixes may show Christ dead or alive, the presence of the spear wound in his ribs traditionally indicating that he is dead. In either case, his face very often shows his suffering. In Orthodoxy, he has normally been shown as dead since around the end of the period of Byzantine Iconoclasm. Eastern crucifixes have Jesus' two feet nailed side by side, rather than crossed one above the other, as Western crucifixes have shown them since around the 13th century.
The crown of thorns is also generally absent in Eastern crucifixes, since the emphasis is not on Christ's suffering, but on his triumph over sin and death. The "S"-shaped position of Jesus' body on the cross is a Byzantine innovation of the late 10th century, though also found in the German Gero Cross of the same date. Probably more from Byzantine influence, it spread elsewhere in the West, especially to Italy, by the Romanesque period, though it was more usual in painting than sculpted crucifixes. It's in Italy that the emphasis was put on Jesus' suffering and realistic details, during a process of general humanization of Christ favored by the Franciscan order. During the 13th century, the suffering Italian model (Christus patiens) triumphed over the traditional Byzantine one (Christus gloriosus) anywhere in Europe also due to the works of artists such as Giunta Pisano and Cimabue. Since the Renaissance, the "S"-shape is much less pronounced. Eastern Christian blessing crosses will often have the Crucifixion depicted on one side, and the Resurrection on the other, illustrating the understanding of Orthodox theology that the Crucifixion and Resurrection are two intimately related aspects of the same act of salvation.