Olive Wood Holding Cross (small)

SKU: 24593


Small size� – Comfort holding cross to fit in the palm of an enclosed hand
Approximately 6cm x 3.5cm

This art developed and became a major industry in Bethlehem and nearby towns like Beit Sahour in the 16th and 17th centuries. This craft has continued by the descendants of the original local carvers.


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The process of producing an olive wood craft requires labour intensity and consists of many stages, Drilling machines are used initially then passed onto a skilled artisan who transforms the rough outline into a finished product by chiselling the details. Finally, the finished item must be sanded down and polished, then coated with olive wax to give the object a “natural shine” and ensure its longevity. The process could take up to 45 days.

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Weight0.012 kg