figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Wooden figure of crucified Christ; part of crucifix detached from the cross, which was not with the figure when acquired. Figure made of three pieces of linden wood with a knife and chisel. The anatomical features of the ribs, hands and face are presented schematically. Hands and legs are out of proportion in that the hands are too large and legs too short. Hands made separately and affixed to the body of the figure on wooden pegs. Perisonium and crown presented schematically. Holes on the hands and feet indicate that the figure was affixed to the cross.This type of crucifix was usually hung in the so-called 'white room' (used during the festivals) in a ‘holy corner’. It is impossible to identify whether the figure was attached to a standing or pendant cross.

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