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Fiery Cross Convocation Box

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T1972
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1800


This is a message box from Scandinavia. It helped to keep people up to date with important events.This was a way of taking messages to people living in remote areas. The message was put into the box and if there was no one at home to receive it, then it was spiked into the ground for them to see on their return. They are also known as 'fiery crosses' as scorched or burnt message sticks were used when there was urgent news to deliver. The cross on the top of this one shows that it was used for church business.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Place of Origin:Norway or Denmark


Height:32.2 cm
Width:8.1 cm
Depth:2.9 cm