Window W4

“Jeweled Cross,” Crow Memorial

This is the only lancet window that does not contain a figure. It is divided into panels in about the same size as Windows E1 through E5, however, and therefore its installation may be of contemporary date (1895-1896).

The window’s ventilator panel contains a wreath with a ribbon at the bottom, set between two gold crosses. Above this is the dedication panel, which reads, “IN MEMORY OF / JOSEPHINE / BIGLER CROW”. The dedication panel is set within the face of a tabernacle. Above it, in the largest area of the window, in the inscription which is topped by a jeweled cross. They are flanked by large green panels. The inscription reads, “HER / PRICE IS / FAR ABOVE / RUBIES”. The lower portion of the inscription is missing because of paint deterioration, but it indicated the source of the verse, which is Proverbs 31:10, referring to the virtuous woman. The verse numbers were written in Roman numerals. They can be vaguely seen in the right lighting.

Above this panel, at the springline, is an ornate border of acanthus leaves, followed by an egg-and-dart molding. Above this cornice in the lunette of the arch is the Chi Ro symbol of Christ.

© 1995, Julie L. Sloan, used with permission

 
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