Duleek Cross-Co.Meath, Ireland
Item Number: MH138
This 9th century cross is a replica from Co. Meath, Ireland. All sides of the original Duleek cross are decorated, this crosses' east face is represented here with it's knotwork, spirals, and mazes; all symbolic elements of Celtic art. In the center of the cross are seven raised spirals. These are thought to represent the dance of heavenly bodies around the sun. In the 9th century, it was believed there were five planets, the sun and moon. Hence, the seven swirls.
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.