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  • Crossess -- Christian and Otherwise

Crossess -- Christian and Otherwise

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In “top-of-the-mind” reading, crosses are the iconographic representation of Christianity, though cross became an embodiment of Christian iconography only after the fifth century ce. In this volume, the author unveils the existence of 500 plus crosses, of which around 300 are of ecclesiastical, heraldic or mundane crosses. Most of these cruciforms were  introduced before the twentieth century.
Cruciform was antecedent of Christianity. There were numerous cruciform Hindu and Buddhist temples, even before the advent of Christianity and thus these hold no Christian ecclesiastical relevance. Of late many churches, cathedrals and basilicas applied cruciform to their structure and look in conformity with the Christian iconography. This enunciates the endless design possibilities of cruciform. The book discusses the pre-Christian iconographic cruciform Hindu and Buddhist temple structures and in detail the Christian cross iconography and the varied types of crosses. It delves deep into the numerous forms of Latin and Greek crosses, mainly from the ecclesiastical and heraldic viewpoint. Crosses adorned ecclesiastical, military, professional and trade implications, and were carved on shields and coats of arms.
This volume also addresses other categories of crosses such as solar crosses, saltire crosses and miscellaneous crosses though they too have occasional ecclesiastical and heraldic implications. The book thus gives a fair account of the emergence, use and application of cruciforms until the twentieth century.

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In “top-of-the-mind” reading, crosses are the iconographic representation of Christianity, though cross became an embodiment of Christian iconography only after the fifth century ce. In this volume, the author unveils the existence of 500 plus crosses, of which around 300 are of ecclesiastical, heraldic or mundane crosses. Most of these cruciforms were  introduced before the twentieth century.
Cruciform was antecedent of Christianity. There were numerous cruciform Hindu and Buddhist temples, even before the advent of Christianity and thus these hold no Christian ecclesiastical relevance. Of late many churches, cathedrals and basilicas applied cruciform to their structure and look in conformity with the Christian iconography. This enunciates the endless design possibilities of cruciform. The book discusses the pre-Christian iconographic cruciform Hindu and Buddhist temple structures and in detail the Christian cross iconography and the varied types of crosses. It delves deep into the numerous forms of Latin and Greek crosses, mainly from the ecclesiastical and heraldic viewpoint. Crosses adorned ecclesiastical, military, professional and trade implications, and were carved on shields and coats of arms.
This volume also addresses other categories of crosses such as solar crosses, saltire crosses and miscellaneous crosses though they too have occasional ecclesiastical and heraldic implications. The book thus gives a fair account of the emergence, use and application of cruciforms until the twentieth century.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124607374
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2016
  • Pages : x, 220p.
  • Size : 29
  • Weight (approx.) : 1100
Preface 
List of Figures 
Introduction 
Christian Cross Iconography — Types of Crosses — Christian Cruciform Churches — Hindu and Buddhist Cruciform Temples — Coats of Arms — Shields — Ecclesiastical Implications — Crosses with Militaristic Implications — Crosses with Professional or Trade Implications — Scope 
Crux Simples and Tau Crosses 
Militaristic Tau Variation 
Latin Crosses 
Ankh and Chi Rho Variation — Pomée and Botonée Variation — Byzantine, Manx and Coptic Variations — Potent and Crosslet Variations — Moline, Recercelée, Fleurée Variations — Annuleted Variation — Rope Variation — Miscellaneous Variation — Processional Variation — Double Crosspiece Variation — Militaristic Variation — Triple Crosspiece Variation — Militaristic Variation — Fitchy Variation 
Greek Crosses 
Surface Variation — Crosslet/Potence Variation — Coptic Variations — Interlaced Variation — Gammadia Variation — Boton/Pommé Variation — Annuleted Variation — Pattée and Patonce Variation — Star/Flame Variation — Jerusalem Variation — Plant/Animal Variation — Anchry, Milrine, Moline, Recercelée Variations — Militaristic Greek Crosses — Fylfot/Svastika Variations — Miscellaneous Variations 
Solar Crosses 
Militaristic Solar Crosses 
Saltire Crosses 
Baptismal Variation 
Miscellaneous Crosses 
Coloured Crosses 
Resources 
Index 

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