32mm high and 16mm wide. 5g silver weight. 6g gold weight. With 18 inch chain.
This cross is a double-sided replica of the original cross. Handmade and hallmarked in Ireland.
Video: Celtic Cross of Ahenny
Celtic Cross of Ahenny recreated in stunning detail in this Irish jewelry piece.
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 beutiful if the three they tell us – out of the country (to England? to
America?) but the attempt failed when it was lost either in Waterford Harbour
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 beutifully decorated. At the centre 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 moulding adding to
its distinctive apperance. 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 coloured – only in this way could
the marvellous work of the sculptor been fully seen and appreciated.