Ornate Crucifix from a Kingdom Come, 1877

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Ornate Crucifix from a Kingdom Come, 1877

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This is a decorative and ornate crucifix that originally would have been in a lovely gilt framed shadow box with a religious themed background and silks. They were adorned with brass pieces that were symbols of christ's life and mission. They were called "100 day" boxes or "Thy Kingdom Come" boxes. These religious Shadow boxes were created to celebrate the 50th year anniversary celebration of Pope Pius IX's ordination as a Bishop. The shadow box upon manufacture was blessed by the pope who served from 1846-1877. Anyone who meditated and prayed on the themes of the crucifixion and resurrection would receive 100 days of indulgence. 
All of the small brass pieces are collectively referred to as the instruments of the passion or Arma Cristi, " Weapons of Christ" They are said to be the tools used to overcome Satan. Some of the possible pieces in each box or part of each display are The cross of Dismas, Ladder, crown of thorns, whips for lashes, sponge on the reed, hammer, robe, dice, sun and moon, thirty pieces of silver, chains, lance, Angels, cross of Christ, cock, star, pincers, ladder, spear, cross of the wicked thief, and two hyssop plants. Sometimes you'll see a lantern, torch, flagellum, pillar of flagellation, Veronica's veil, hand which struck Christ, pitcher of gall or vinegar. 

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