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Cross Description & Exhibits

EVOLUTION OF THE CROSSES ON EXHIBITION

When one looks at the fantastic collection, one's natural reaction is WOW!! Most of us tend to get lost in that first reaction and end up admiring the intricate or eye catching designs. It would be a shame if one did not go beyond what the eyes sees. To help us to go deeper, we have posted a summary write-up beside each type of cross.

Here we intend to help you know how we have classified these crosses. We start with the plain wooden cross, without the corpus (body) and then we move forward to trace the post Jesus crosses, and move back into history to trace the pre Jesus crosses. Let's enjoy the route to discovery:

The Latin cross as a Christian symbol, it is referred to as the Protestant Cross, because it is a plain cross without any corpus.
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Mount the Latin cross on 3 steps it becomes the Calvary Cross.
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Decorate it with vines and superimpose a circle at the joints and it becomes a Celtic Cross.
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Knock off the top projection and it becomes the Tau Cross.
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Keep only an outline of the cross and it becomes the Void Cross.
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Stud it with diamond and it's the Diamond Cross.
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Place it upside down and it is St. Peter's Cross.
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Put the letters P and X on the cross and it's a Chi-Rho Cross.
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The Flory beams end in three points.
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Tie the two beams together and it's a Cordee Cross.
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Make the ends of the beams pointed and it becomes the Passion Cross.
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Add four spheres to the end of the beams and it's the Pommee Cross.
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If both the beams are spiky and sharp it becomes the Engrailed Cross.
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Add rays emerging from the center and it becomes the Glory Cross.
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In Fleur the Lis, the beams end in lily shapes.
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The Eucharistic Cross depicts the host and the chalice.
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Flower, Rose, Unity, Peace or Dove Cross have one of these symbols super imposed at the joint. The Aids cross has a red ribbon at the joint.

 

The Fleurie, has its ends decorated.
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St. Andrew's Cross is in the form of X.
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If the ends are crescent shaped it becomes the Lunate Cross.
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The Treefoli beams end in three semicircles.
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St. Benedict has a circle in the middle with certain words written, giving only the first alphabet of each word.
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In the Pantatic Cross the beams end with a projection side ways..
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Add one more beam to the cross and it becomes The Papal Cross
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And with a foot rest beam it is the Russian Cross.
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The Sphere Cross is made of Spheres.
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The Greek, St. Johns, Jerusalem, Pattee, 4L's, Malta, Crosslet, Square are crosses with all four beams of equal length, with variations.
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The Thor Cross was Thor's Hammer.
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Lotus the symbol of perfection, is borrowed from Indian mythology.
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Ankh was an Egyptian Symbol converted.
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Arrow, Moline (mill stone symbol), Fitchy (Sword) Sun, Anchor and Swastika are all ancient symbols Christianized.
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Lots of ethnic symbols have been incorporated into the Latin cross to make it ethnic. Eg. Crescent, Chovoi, Star, Man, Orthodox, Diamond, Mexican, American Indian.
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The African cross does not have the symbol of the cross but depicts the African in bondage, in a boundary of four walls-crucified within.
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Ethiopian Cross often incorporate a circle; sometimes large, sometime small. The circle was inherited from the Ankh Cross, where it originally depicted the sun god.
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The Crosslet cross, made up of four crosses meeting at their bases, is symbolic of Epiphany the manifestation of Christ to all creation.
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The arrow-head shape gives this cross the name Arrow cross, which is favoured by white supremacists who see their goal moving in all directions.
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To many Christians, the nautical image of an anchor gives the idea of navigation (through life).
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The Five Jewelled Cross has five red stones set in it to signify the wounds of Christ.
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The Sun Cross features a circle around a cross. It is a very ancient cross.
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Indigenous people like the American Indians (Red Indians) believed very much on the seasons and the 4 directions North-South-East-West.
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The Greek Cross has all members the same shape and form (crux quadrata) and was popular with Greek Christians who favored symmetrical art.
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One interpretation of the 'sharp' pointed cross is of four fishtail. The fish symbol was adopted by the early Christian church.
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