Melide, Galicia, Spain

This is claimed to be the oldest cruceiro in Galicia. On the side shown here we see Christ in Majesty: hands raised, crowned, posed as if seated on a throne, and wearing a full-length vestment (close-up). The figure resembles the Christ in Majesty on the north tympanum at San Salvador in Sarria.

On the other side is a Crucifixion scene with imagery that came into vogue late in the 13th century. It was carved from the same block of stone as the front, suggesting that a sculptor of the 13th century or later chose to work from two different models, one in the newer style and the other more ancient.

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Photographed in Melide by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.