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 SPANISH COLONIAL CRUCIFIXES
from a private collector - with many thanks

 A TIME OF TRANSITION
A wonderful opportunity to see the transition of design from the 1700s through the 1800s during the Spanish Colonial (Latin America) period from private collectors. With grateful thanks to the Perez family.

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1700 - 1750  +   1725 - 1750
1750 - 1800  1800 -  1825
 also see
HACIENDA CHAPEL CRUCIFIX



~ 1700 - 1750 ~
FROM
GENERATION TO GENERATION 
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FEATHERED CRUCIFIX

obverse

reverse
Feathered Cristo Spanish Colonial Cross 1700-1750
(4 x 2.25 inches_
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EACH HAS A STORY TO TELL
"Each original Spanish Colonial Cross has a unique story to tell. [ This ] on is very old and has gone through a metamorphosis. It started out as a brass cross; but then the indigenous owner embellished it by having it dipped in silver. Then the corpus started coming lose,( 150 years later) and it was firmly reattached. Why am I telling you this? Because these were special heirlooms handed down generation after generations through these indigenous families. This one has a very unique personality and I would leave it just as it is."



~ 1725 - 1750 ~
 
SPANISH COLONIAL BISHOP'S CROSS
Owned by former Catholic Bishops of Lima, Peru 
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 NOTE HEADDRESS AND FEATHERS

obverse

reverse
(5 by 3 inches)
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NOTE FIGURES 
AT BOTTOM OF CROSS
"This piece is dated from about 1725-1750 and is made out of almost three ounces of Spanish Colonial Silver!! The style has complete indigenous influence with the head dress, feathers and tree branches sprouting out of the ground. This one adds a bit of “education for the masses”. At the base of the feet of Jesus is Maria, the mother of Jesus, and Maria Magdalena.
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TREE BRANCHES
AND FEATHERS

DESIGN INFLUENCED
BY INDIGENOUS PEOPE
This is the only cross from this period I have and the only one that tells the story of the crucifixion so clearly! I had the top blue and red stones restored on this piece, because I felt the color was important to the indigenous population, and this is how the cross would have looked 250 years ago. It measures 5 inches by 3 inches
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This silver cross is part of a large private collection of Spanish Colonial, military, religious artifacts and silver owned by a very traditional and respected family in Lima, Peru."



~ 1750 - 1800 ~
SPANISH COLONIAL 
CRUCIFIX WITH CROSS
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EXAMPLE OF MILAGROS INCLUDED

obverse

reverse

FOUND NEAR AN EXCAVATION 
While inventorying a vast collection of Spanish Colonial religious art this week, we came across a leather bag of un-restored silver crosses. The bag had a note that said,(I’m translating), “found near an excavation along side the village church of Andahuaylillas [ a magnificent church built between the 13th - 14th century ] Cusco Peru”.
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( 4 X 2.25 in )
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NATURQLLY WORN 
FROM YEARS OF PRAYER
The cross is 4 inches by 2.25 inches. It is definitely indigenous. It has one of the little side crosses still attached. The hanger for the missing cross on the other side is still there as well. It is the only one of its kind, I can assure you. The corpus is naturally worn from years of adoration and prayer by the former owner. It is beautiful."



~ 1800 - 1825 ~
 SPANISH COLONIAL
BISHOP'S CROSS
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ALMOST 3 OZ OF SPANISH COLONIAL SILVER

obverse

reverse
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This silver cross is part of a large private collection of Spanish Colonial, military, religious artifacts and silver owned by a very traditional and respected family in Lima, Peru."
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.(5 inches by 3.5)
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BEGINNING TO NOTICE 
MORE EUROPEAN INFLUENCE
"The style has definite indigenous influence with the head dress, feathers and loin cloth. It measures 5 inches by 3.5 inches and is very unique because it shows the gradual change of style from indigenous to the start of European influences on the silversmiths work. Maybe influenced by the clients!



~ HACIENDA CHAPEL CRUXIFIX ~
IN FAMILY FOR OVER 150 YEARS 
(Peru-1800-75)
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BEAUTIFUL ANGELS AT EACH END
10in x 7in (12 oz of silver)
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INDIGENOUS DRESS. LONG HAIR
"The cross has beautiful angels on each tip and the corpus is pure indigenous, with long hair, muscles and even an indigenous dress. Quite beautiful I believe. I have never seen anything quite like it. 
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SKULL AND CROSSBONES
(Victory over Death)
"This is an incredible piece from an Arequipa, Peru family who last year consigned a large share of their Hacienda Chapel contents to us here in Miami, Florida. After acquiring the necessary permits last month from the Instituto Nacional de Cultura, we have finally been able to bring these pieces into the U.S.A. and are starting to offer them in our auctions. This process has taken 18 months!
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FULL COLLECTION - CRUCIFIX IN CENTER
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RESTORATION
This cross has been in a family Family Chapel for over 150 years. The elements on the cross are pure silver,( Including the corpus ), the cross itself was replaced by the family about 30 years ago, when the wood was eaten by termites. The cross was then restored using a silver alloy material, with the original elements put back in their correct positions. I asked the family why they had not just replaced the cross with wood again? They said “times were better 30 years ago and we could afford to have our jeweler replace it with metal”. Go figure!"
 SMILING JESUS

 
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Spanish Colonial Crucifix, pure Indigenous with beautiful
engraving on both sides, made of 2 oz pure silver
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+(4 X 3 inches - 1675 - 1725)




~ BISHOP'S BAROQUE CRUCIFIX ~
 SPANISH COLONIAL - 1700s

 
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 5 x 3.5 in (not including loop)
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ALMOST 6 in OF SOLID SILVER
 "We are told that this piece was worn by the Bishop of Arequipa, Peru, during the late 1700’s on the occasion of his visit to the family Chapel. Almost 6 oz of solid silver."  



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