CROSS of ST. ZACHARIAS
PRINT by DANIEL MITSUI
This cross is a acrostic emblem, representing a set of prayers for protection against plague; these prayers are attributed to St. Zacharias, a 7th century Patriarch of Jerusalem. The letters in the emblem are those that begin each short prayer; the crosses stand for those that begin with the word CRUX. They are read in the order: +Z+DIA+BIZ+SAB+Z+HGF+BFRS. The complete prayers can be read or printed here:
During an outbreak of plague in the city of Trent in 1546, the bishops gathered in council there promoted the wearing of this emblem, either as a metal amulet or as a printed sheet rolled and carried on the person, to protect against infection.
I built this image out of interconnecting units of knot and millefleur ornament, and a typeface based on my own calligraphy.
Dimensions: 12" × 12"
An open-edition giclée print is available for $60. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Be sure to confirm the shipping address.
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