From the 11th century onward, altar crosses like this one often featured elaborate bases. The most impressive decoration of this cross is its stand: a lavish array of intertwining scrolls emerges from three pawlike legs, while birds perch amid the scrolls and dragon heads sprout from others.

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  • Title: Altar Cross with Stand
  • Date Created: 1140-1150
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 43.4 x 22.5 x 8 cm (17 1/16 x 8 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Private collection, Strasbourg; Paul Cassirer, Berlin; (Adolf Loewi, Los Angeles).
  • Type: Metalwork
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1944.320
  • Medium: bronze: cast, gilded, engraved, and chased
  • Department: Medieval Art
  • Culture: Germany, Lower Saxony, Hildesheim?, Romanesque period, 12th century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: MED - Romanesque
  • Accession Number: 1944.320

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