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Art of the Cross
     

Art of the Cross

by Jim Arndt (Photographer), Mary Emmerling
 

Art of the Cross celebrates one of the world's most recognized ancient symbols-the cross. This iconic symbol predates Christianity in cultures around the world, and has been used as a religious symbol and as an ornament from the dawn of civilization. Crosses have been found in almost every part of the old world, from Scandinavia where the Tau cross symbolized the

Overview

Art of the Cross celebrates one of the world's most recognized ancient symbols-the cross. This iconic symbol predates Christianity in cultures around the world, and has been used as a religious symbol and as an ornament from the dawn of civilization. Crosses have been found in almost every part of the old world, from Scandinavia where the Tau cross symbolized the hammer of the God Thor, to India, where the vertical shaft represents the higher, celestial states of being and the horizontal bar represents the lower, earthly states.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423601159
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/08/2006
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
609,662
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Read an Excerpt

I have tried and tried to pinpoint the very moment crosses captured me twenty years ago. Was it the first Navajo rug I saw with crosses or the sterling silver squash blossom necklace with eight crosses framing the center naja? Was it the time I was in the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico, spellbound by her personal collection of silver and turquoise Indian jewelry, many with crosses adorning them? Or was it the Santa Fe museums where I lived in my free moments?

Upon my arrival in Santa Fe, I was greeted by the state flag, which features a Zia, as well as the numerous missions and churches with their simple wooden crosses in all sizes exhibited inside and out. It was here that the romance (of what or with what? Sugg; it was here that my romance with crosses . . .) found its way into my jewelry, my western clothing, my home and my garden. I would find crosses everywhere. There were the Spanish and Indian markets, the numerous antiques shows, especially in August, the Santa Fe flea market and, of course, the numerous antiques shops I frequent all year long.

Meet the Author

Jim Arndt is the author of How to Be a Cowboy and coauthor with Mary Emmerling of Art of the Cross, Art of Turquoise, Art of the Skull and Art of the Heart. He coauthored several Cowboy Boot books. He lives in Santa Fe.

One of the best-known names in American decorating, Mary Emmerling is the author of twenty books, many of them part of her American Country series. She is creative director of Country Home magazine and host of the Country at Home series on HGTV as well as a designer and collector. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona.

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