Clonmacnois South Cross - Co. Offaly, Ireland
Item Number: MH189
This cross is a replica from Co. Offaly, Ireland. Clonmacnois lay at a crossroads of medieval routes, linking all parts of Ireland. Known for its scholarship and piety, as well as a sculpture workshop, it thrived from the 7th to the 12th century. The monastery once had four high crosses; only two are intact today. The South Cross is thought to date from the 8th century and so it would be the oldest at Clonmacnois. It marks a transition from the Ahenny crosses to the crosses with biblical scenes, and has links with Iona in the adoption of raised bosses. The vine in the bottom panel of the cross is inhabited with birds and animals and is the Celtic version of the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life evoked life, longevity, spiritual growth, rebirth and an ongoing search for spiritual fulfillment.
This Cross requires a 2 Week Lead time
This mother daughter artist team own and run this family business. Both of them are gifted in carving and design. Each object they handcraft is inspired by an actual carved stone monument and has a reference to the time period and culture it was taken from. Once a monument is selected, the piece is hand carved by the artists and a mold is made. Each of the molds are cast with a sturdy cast stone material and goes through several steps to make it look as close to the ancient stone carvings as possible. These pieces are a wonderful architectural adornment in the home as well as in the garden. They represent a tie to our rich past and can be enjoyed for years to come.