18th century Italian cross adorned with mica and silver-plated kyanite on a mica cluster base. The crucifix originally came from a church in Tuscany. The silver-plated kyanite replicates the original sunrays or halo around the cross. It is also adorned with mica clusters on the ends of the arms of the cross.
The piece is mounted on a mica cluster. The mica mineral group includes 34 phyllosilicate minerals, all with a layered, platy texture. It has been known for millennia. "Mica” is originally a Latin word meaning “crumb" for it's flaky appearance. It holds a shimmery appearance that can reflect light - like nature's disco ball. This particular piece is a mica cluster in its matrix form.
The Italian cross is persevered and transformed into a new work of old and new with the precious minerals - interpreting the past to create a piece entirely original, evolving in its own right.
Size: 36" high x 19" wide x 8" deep