Crucifixion was a cruel and shameful form of public execution, reserved for common criminals, yet afterwards Christ rose from the dead to eternal life. The cross, especially the plain cross as seen on the top of this crown, is therefore a symbol for the Christian victory over sin and death.
Many saints also have the plain cross as their symbol.
- Crown for a statue of the Virgin Mary with a plain cross
- Spain, about 1600
- Museum no. 145-1882