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Manual Cross

Herzegovina, unknown workshop

The cross 16th century, mounts mid-17th century

Wood, carving, beaten sliver, azuring, gold plating, cornelian

Height 33,4 cm

MAA Inv. No. 7022

At the time of the Turkish domination, Herzegovina represented a specific oasis of old Serbian goldwork. The Church became the main commissioner and subsequently a great number of liturgical vessels, mounts for liturgical books, crosses and decoration for liturgical vestments were produced in large numbers. The last great style of Serbian goldsmithing originated in such an environment.

An exceptionally skilful and talented craftsman made this olive wood cross with scenes from the life of Christ. The extraordinary decorative metalwork - in silver tin, azured and brightened with gold plating, large cornelians and green glass paste - makes this liturgical cross one of the supreme designs of the goldsmiths from Herzegovina.