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Cross (cruz guión)

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The equal-sided cruciform structure surmounts a hollow cylinder that narrows toward the cross. The rod, which bears traces of gilding, has been lightly chased with foliate decoration. A baluster with scrolled projections separates the rod from the cross. Four chased “shooting” stars emanate...

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"+SE ISIERON ESTE GION Y LAS SEIS BARAS DE PALIO AÑO DE 1721." (This cross and six canopy sticks were made in 1721) in roman letters, engraved on cross, surrounding disk of the Adoration of the Host. "IHS" engraved within the Host. "+SIENDO GORVERNADOR Y CAP.[A superscript] GEN[A superscript] EL S[R superscript] D[N superscript] ANTONIO DE BENAVIDES." (Governor and Captain General Señor Don Antonio de Benavides) in roman letters engraved around image of the Virgin Mary.


Unearthened in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1879; 5 October 1880, lent by William H. Keith; 21 August 1928, made a gift to the MFA in memory of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Keith.

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Gift in memory of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Keith

Spanish Colonial, 1721

Object Place

Probably Mexico


Overall: 33.5 x 18.2 x 7.8 cm (13 3/16 x 7 3/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware