Catalog of Crosses

Mount Calvary (from the Latin calvaria, meaning “skull”), was the site of the Crucifixion. A diptych, frequently used for Christian altarpiece paintings, consists of two hinged panels. This piece incorporates two antique carvings that represent Jesus on the Cross (while also acknowledging the thieves crucified to either side of Him): a version in bone (left), believed to be of 17th-century Spanish origin, and one in ivory, probably late 18th-century French. The central oblong void represents infinity.