56mm high and 20mm wide. 10g silver weight. 11.5g gold weight. With 18 inch chain.
This cross is a double-sided replica of the original cross. Handmade and hallmarked in Ireland.
The beautifully carved high crosses of early Christian times are unique to Ireland
and Britain and are famous through Europe. The finest of them are the Scripture
Crosses which tell the Bible story in a series of detailed panels. The fullest
series of scenes is on the tall cross at Ardboe in Tyrone, on the west shore of
Lough Neagh, not far from Coagh.
The cross at Ardboe is unusually tall, standing some 5.6 metres high. It is
profusely decorated by abstract designs and a series of figure sculptures which
are treated with exceptional detail and fullness. The balance between form and
decoration; between ornament and narrative; and the delicate execution of the
abstract design, contrasting with the robust and lively realism of the figure
sculpture, all combine to set this cross amongst the most distinguished of the
Irish monuments. The East face is distinct, though shadowed for most of the
morning by a nearby tree, and has Daniel between two rampant lions, the Sacrifice
of Isaac, the Children in the Fiery Furnace, Adam and Eve, two souls in scales
above the flames of Hell (as at Monasterboice) and, surrounding Christ in Judgement,
the Twelve Apostle in groups of four – the heads of which are not unlike those
on the late Romanesque door at Clonfert, Co. Galway – repeating the arrangement
on the N. Cross at Castledermot. The South side has old Testament scenes including
Cain and Abel, and scenes from the life of David, including David with an open
sling before Goliath on his knees, as at Monasterboice.
The North side has New Testament scenes, including the Baptism of Christ at
the bottom, and a child held between soldiers, representing the Massacre of
The West face also has New Testament scenes, including the Adoration of the
Magi; the Last Supper; Christ entering Jerusalem; the Arrest of Christ; and
the Crucifixion. The scene of the Arrest appears to be repeated on each arm
of the cross. This cross is one of the most beautifully sited of all the High
Crosses of Ireland …down a narrow road, it stands majestic, overlooking the
ruins of a church and beside a graveyard which runs down to the shores of Lough
Neagh – the largest lake in Ireland; nearby there is a "wishing tree"
– altogether a lovely place to visit on a summer’s day. One can imagine the
celebrations that must have taken place on the day this great cross was placed
Video: Celtic Cross of Ardboe
10k White Gold, 10k Yellow Gold, 14k White Gold, 14k Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver