Carved wooden cross encased in silver

About this Object

This week we're featuring a small amulet containing a carved cross of yew wood with a representation of Christ, encased in elaborately decorated silver cross and suspended from ornate chain, from Pec, Yugoslavia, 1801-1900. Within its intricate little silver case is a small piece of yew carved into a representation of Jesus Christ on the cross. Crucifixes are the traditional symbol of Christianity, but they are also worn and carried in the belief that they can provide protection. Yew trees can live for hundreds of years and are familiar features of Christian cemeteries. They are also symbols of immortality and are linked to the death and rebirth of Christ. The object was purchased for Henry Wellcome’s collection in 1930 by a Miss Kemp, probably in Pec, Serbia, in the now disputed Balkan region of Kosov (text curtesty of The Science Museum Group).

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Connection to last week's item:.

The cross is carved out of Yew, the tree featured in last week's detail.