Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas
This Crucifix is a 19th century Mexican work in the iconographic style of Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas (Our Lord of Esquipulas). The famous Santuario at Chimayó, New Mexico, is dedicated to Our Lord of Esquipulas and is a center of healing. The figure of Christ on this Crucifix was restored by the New Mexican santero Jose Lucero, but the hand-adzed cross still has its original paint. The distinguishing features of the cross are its green color and the leafy branches which are painted on it. The Lord of Esquipulas is crucified on a "living cross," signifying his victory over death. The living cross is the Tree of Life. Humankind was barred from the Tree of Life when Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, but the Cross is the new Tree of Life which reopens the way to Paradise.