Medium: 1950’s Liturgical Cross with Rose of Sharon Carving, 1800’s English Bible, Iron Spikes, Nepalese Paper, Waxed Linen Thread, Ethiopian Coptic Stitching
Artist Statement: This hand carved wooden Rose of Sharon Cross was found in the New York studio of well-known liturgical artist, Joseph Noe, upon his death in 1994. It most likely dates from the 1940’s. The Rose of Sharon is found in Song of Solomon 2:1. Some Bible expositors see the Rose of Sharon as Christ and the lily as the church. Some say that because the Rose of Sharon grows in dry, unfavorable conditions, it symbolizes Jesus coming from the root of Jesse and David. For others, Jesus is as lovely and fragrant as a rose, and thus the Rose of Sharon is symbolic of Christ.
24H X 20W X 4D