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Artist Unknown Artist
Title Cross of Souls (Cruz de Animas)
Date 1850-1900
Medium Wood, polychrome
Place of Origin Mexico
Culture Mexican
Catalog Number 1967.124
Collection Spanish to Post Colonial Collection
Object Name Statue, Religious
Credit line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Murphey
Didactic Information The Cruz de Ánimas (Cross of Souls) is a freestanding wooden cross popularly used for home altars. Christ is shown on the cross, surrounded by symbols of the passion. In general, there is a sun to one side and a moon to the other. God the Father or the INRI inscription (Latin abbreviation for "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews") appears at the top while penitent figures are portrayed in flames at the base; these are the souls who will be saved by Christ's sacrifice. The wooden crosses were made in retablo workshops.