by John Russell, 2006
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
18" X 24"
The early Coptic (Egyptian) Christians made use of this modified ankh - a cruciform hieroglyph meaning "life" - as a symbol of their faith. This is an example both of a "baptized" symbol (not Christian in origin, but now Christian in meaning) and the cross's universal spiritual meaning.
"There were hardly any peoples who did not use the cross as a religious or magic sign in some way or other. We find it in Asia as well as in Mexico, in Africa, and in the extreme north." –Johannes Troyer
Good Friday at Galerie Penumbra, April 6 - 28, 2007
Exhibition in St. Mary's Hall of St. Athanasius Byzantine Catholic Church, May, 2008