Maltese Cross

Maltese cross embroidery design. Maltese cross embroidery design.

The eight-pointed Maltese cross is in Italy also known as the Amalfi cross. The motif is associated with the Knights Hospitaller (the Knights of Malta). The shape of the cross is allegedly based on the crosses worn since the First Crusade in the late eleventh century. It has widely been used as an embroidery motif (compare Maltese lace).

The Maltese cross is still the symbol of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the Order of St John, and many other orders. Queensland in Australia has the Maltese cross in its state emblem.

See also the TRC Needles entry on Roman cross.

Wikipedia (retrieved 8th July 2016).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 8th July 2016).


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