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Crucifixion Shrine

late 19th century Joseph Koenig painted wood, glass, and metal overall (box): 23 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (59.1 x 49.5 x 17.4 cm) Christ: 16 7/8 x 8 x 2 5/8 in. (43 x 20.4 x 6.8 cm) Laudmus Angel: 8 1/8 x 2 7/8 x 1 7/8 in. (20.7 x 7.3 x 4.9 cm) Bendicimus Angel: 8 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 2 in. (21.5 x 7.4 x 5.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.254A-D Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


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Crucifixion Shrine evokes European-inspired carvings found in nineteenth-century American churches. According to a piece of paper that was attached to this sculpture, Joseph Koenig created it for his home in Wisconsin and invited friends and neighbors to use it until the local community built a church. (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990)

Keywords

Religion - angel

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Crucifixion

State of being - death - execution

sculpture

folk art

glass

metal

wood