Altar Cross

  Altar Cross

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

Upper part of the cross showing the head of Christ and the Agnus Dei.

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Crucified Christ with the symbols of the four evangelists on each arm of the cross. Agnus Dei behind the head of Christ.

medium: metal
size: 70 cm (height) [approx]

Church of the Five Saints, Llanpumsaint, Carmarthenshire
altar table, sanctuary

The juxtaposition of the head of the dying Christ with the Agnus Dei symbol is theologically significant. The lamb stands for sacrifice, for redemption, and alludes to John 1:29. The lamb was thus adopted as a symbol for Christ in early iconography. Shown standing, with a gonfalon (as here) it can point forward to the coming Resurrection.


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Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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