Sanctification cross with scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary and the Evangelists
Artist Unknown, Greece
This small carved boxwood cross is divided on each face into five compartments containing Christian religious scenes. The cross is set in a stand decorated with mother-of-pearl and green glass-paste stones.
Christ in Limbo (The Harrowing of Hell) from "The Small Woodcut Passion"
A group of figures at the left stand in a vaulted space under a cross. They look towards the lower right of the composition where a man holding a standard with a cross on top is bending forward and offering his hand to an old bearded man in an arched doorway. Above the doorway are several fantastical figures with beaked or animal heads and arms with claws.