The carving is small but powerful. The depiction is quite interesting in that the Christ figure in not nailed to the cross, but rather tied with the arms positioned backwards following the shape of the cross bar—his hands tied behind to the back.
Missionaries from the 17thC onward were quick to try convert the Indian “savage." By the 19thC many of the Iroquois and Ojibwa leaders themselves were Christian preachers. Trade silver crucifixes were available at trade-posts, the most well known maker was Robert Cruickshank, who worked in Montreal from 1773-1809.
Native American Indian carved crucifixes are quite rare.
HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES AVAILABLE.
Condition: Excellent with wear commensurate with age.