A beautiful Celtic Cross Pendant handmade in sterling silver or gold faithfully captures all authentic detail of the original Cross of Ahenny.
- Handcrafted in white and yellow gold
- Double-sided replica of the original cross of Ahenny
- Height: 1.26 inches
- Width: 0.63 inches
- Comes fitted with an 18-inch chain
- Handmade and Hallmarked in Ireland
- Free Standard Shipping and 30-day money-back guarantee
Ahenny is an unusual place – a graveyard with two ancient Celtic crosses. Two Celtic crosses, striking and subtly different from many crosses seen on ancient monastic sites up and down the country, and different because there is nothing in the Annals or in any other records to tell us why they are there.
Of course the local people know why they are there and they also know that there were once three crosses in Ahenny and someone tried to ship one – the most beautiful of the three they tell us – out of the country, but the attempt failed when it was lost either in Waterford Harbor off Passage East or further out to sea. The locals say that the three crosses marked the burial place of seven bishops of the early Irish Church. Again we have no record, but it certainly was quiet usual for seven holy men to come together to form a community of prayer. However if the crosses marked their last resting place that is unusual because Irish High Crosses celebrated living persons or large flourishing monastic communities, not burial sites.
Many scholars think that the Ahenny crosses were carved at an early date, perhaps in the 8th Century. The faces of the cross 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, again raising the question about the importance of Ahenny in the past. All over the head and shaft of the cross are elaborate designs, spiral and interface and fret. Dr. Peter Harbison in his scholary work High Crosses of Ireland is moved to poetry as he describes the head of the west face as covered like a spiders 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 adding to its distinctive appearance. The fact that the rest of the decoration is in low relief makes us ask, ‘What did the cross look like when it was first erected?’ and many would say that it must have been colored – only in this way could the marvelous work of the sculptor been fully seen and appreciated.
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