M1893.1 | Cross

 
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Cross
Charles Arnoldi
Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)
1779-1817, 18th century or 19th century
Silver
10.7 x 14.5 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
M1893.1
© McCord Museum
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Brought to North America by the first French missionaries, crosses and crucifixes were later distributed among the Aboriginals who had converted to Catholicism. During the fur trade period, they were highly prized as trade goods, although for many they held no religious significance. This magnificent cross was made by Charles Arnoldi, a silversmith active in Montreal from 1779 to 1817.