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Ahenny High Cross

10K Ahenny High Cross


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This featured High Cross, is a miniature work of art and is an authentic copy, back and front, of the east and west side of the original cross found in it's particular area of the country.

Our Celtic crosses are handcrafted in our workshop by our master Goldsmiths, who take great care in reproducing the detail and originality of these ancient monuments.


Ahenny is an unusual place - a graveyard with two ancient and striking Celtic Crosses. The crosses differ from most ancient monastic crosses - there is nothing in the Annals or in any other records to explain why they are there. According to local legend there were once three crosses in Ahenny, but that the most beautiful was stolen and lost at sea. Local legend also has it that the crosses marked the burial place of seven bishops of the early Irish Church. This in itself would be unusual as Irish High Crosses typically living persons and were situated in thriving monastic communities not burial sites. Scholars believe that the Ahenny crosses were carved at an early date, perhaps in the 8th Century. Our cross is a reproduction of the North Ahenny Cross. The faces have no scriptural carvings but are most beautifully decorated. At the center of the cross are five projecting bosses, reminding us of St. Martin’s cross in Iona, and indicating the importance of Ahenny in the past. The head and shaft of the cross are covered in elaborate spiral, interface and fret designs. Dr. Peter Harbison in his scholarly work ‘High Crosses of Ireland’ describes the head of the west face as ‘covered like a spider’s web with a single panel of intricately composed coiled spirals’. The faces and ring of the cross are surrounded by a high relief rope molding added. The rest of the decoration is in low relief suggesting that the cross must have originally been colored. It is only through coloration that the impressive detailed work of the sculptor could have been fully appreciated.

Jewelry featured on our website is manufactured in Ireland by hand and assayed and hallmarked by the Assay Office at Dublin Castle. You can be assured of a stunning, quality product which will be admired by all!

Additional Information

SKU XP58-10
Custom tab N/A
Dimensions 3.2 cm x 1.6 cm
Manufacturer No

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