Gero Crucifix

Date: c. 970s

Place of Production: Cologne, Germany

Description: Oak cross with crucified Christ, made for Archbishop Gero of Cologne. The sculpture is carved, painted and partially gilded. The halo and cross are original, but the surround was a later 17th-century Baroque addition. Standing over six feet tall, it is one of the earliest monumental depictions of the crucifixion in wood.

Held at: Cathedral of Cologne.

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