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Cross of Scriptures / Clonmacnoise

10K Cross of Scriptures / Clonmacnoise


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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 westside 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.


The city of the seven churches, Clonmacnoise, was founded by St Ciaran in 548 AD and lasted a thousand years. Today it is a quiet ruined abbey, but at its full flowering it was a bustling important center, a university city on a major Irish highway - the River Shannon. Clonmacnoise was a center of classical and religious learning, of art, calligraphy, design, and of gold and silver craftsmanship. Kuno Meyer, the German Scholar who was professor of Irish at the University of Liverpool at the turn of this century, wrote of this period that ‘Ireland drew upon herself the attention of the whole world as the great seminary of Christian and classical learning’. Clonmacnoise grew and prospered and by 800 AD a Gaelic poet was writing: Ailill the king is vanished, Vanished Croghan’s fort, Kings to Clonmacnoise now, Come to pay their court little places taken, First by twos and threes, Are like Rome reborn, Peopled sanctuaries. (Translation Frank O’Connor ‘Kings, Lords and Common’. New York 1959) It was around this time that the Cross of the Scriptures was carved and erected. It has elaborate carvings both of Scriptural and contemporary scenes as well as animals and birds. One panel on the East face shows an ecclesiastic and a warrior with a sword and between them a staff with leaves or flowers. It is intriguing to think that this may depict St. Ciaran’s staff, and that the panel may be showing ‘a swearing on the staff’, a custom which is known to have existed but the details of which are lost. The Last Judgment is shown at the center on the East face, and on the West face, the Crucifixion. There is a lovely touch at the bottom of the West shaft where there is a panel showing Our Lord’s body in the tomb. Two snoozing soldiers are sitting on the tomb while in Our Lord’s mouth a small bird breaths life – a symbol of His imminent resurrection.

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 XP52-10
Custom tab N/A
Dimensions 4 cm x 1.7 cm
Manufacturer No

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