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A Colonial Mexican Mesquite wood

“Mine” cross, circa 19th century

This beautiful, hand-fashioned Mesquite wood cross once hung at the entrance to a silver mine in Mexico. As the miners entered the mine to begin work they would customarily touch the cross in the hope that they would survive yet another perilous trip down into the mine.

The cross would then be touched again in gratitude upon one’s exit from the mine. 

The cross measures 34 ½ inches in length and is 15” wide and 1 ¾” deep. It is in excellent original condition with a fine, soft patina from lots of appreciative touching. This cross is at once a beautiful sculptural object and a unique piece of Colonial Mexican history.