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Bottle 371 - 4 Guards Crucifixion Scene
Date Added: 13 June 2006

This is a crucifixion scene with Jesus hanging on the cross and 4 sentries standing guard. The base is built with cross pieces of wood making 6 arms or extensions. On the fours arms of the base that go toward the corners of the bottle are mounted 4 guards. The guards are all identical and are carved in a very narrow and unique way. Each has distinctive facial features painted on in black. They have black hair, shoes and ring around the ankles. They each have a long spear with a red painted tip. It rests against the soldier that is toward the inside of the bottle. All of the guards face the front of the bottle. Their carved garment is covered in red painted dots as is their helmets which are oddly carved. The bottoms of the garments are scalloped and painted red. They stand at attention with their arms at their side. The cross is painted black and Jesus is nicely carved with curved arms outstretched. His legs are carved so that they are bent at the knees. He is shown with carved and painted facial features. He is depicted with a long black beard and black hair with a crown of thorns. Above his head id a very narrow INRI plaque. Leaning against the back of the cross is a narrow ladder with 13 rungs. The bottle is sealed with a long wooden shaft that goes to the top of the cross. There is a wooden "tamper-proof" piece of wood going through the shaft and from each side of this cross piece are red wool tassels. The top of the shaft comes up from the bottle and then is carved like a Hershey Kiss except that the pointy top extends for approximately 1 inch. The bottle has a small chip at the top opening of the bottle. It is very dirty inside. One of the sentries has fallen inside the bottle, but is not broken. There are no identifying marks other than it says BB MFC Co. on the bottom of the bottle.
Type: Crucifixion Scene   Maker's Name:
Category: Religious   Made Where:
Bottle Size: 7 1/2" x 2 1/2"   Year Made: 1880 - 1900
Bottle Type: Unidentified Square