Our Dante Crucifix Cuff tells the story of Dante Alighieri’s 14th century poem ‘Divine Comedy’ . (see history menu)
Handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, this piece features:
• Miniature antique crucifixes with ebony inlay, salvaged from a factory in Central France, circa 1920s.
• Sterling silver and pewter crosses.
• Brass chain wrapped with kangaroo hide leather.
• Miniature skull pendant carved by hand from buffalo horn.
The Divine Comedy is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri, which began circa 1308, and was completed in 1320, one year before his death in 1321. It is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature.
The poem’s imaginative vision of the afterlife helped establish the Tuscan language in which it was written, as the standardized Italian language.
The poem is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. On the surface, the poem describes Dante’s travels through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, but at a much deeper level, it represents the soul’s journey towards God.
Inferno, (Italian for “Hell”), is the first part of Dante Alighieri’s poem. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth: Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery. This Inferno describes the recognition and rejection of sin.
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