39mm high and 19mm wide. 7g silver weight. 8.2g 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 Durrow
"Before he passed into Britain he built a noble monastery in Ireland
which, from the great numbers of oaks is … called dermach, the field of oaks".
That is how an early writer described the founding of the monastery at Durrow
by St. Columba – also known as St Columcille.
Durrow is almost in the centre of Ireland. Only a few fragments remain of the
buildings that were erected during and after the lifetime of St. Columba who
died in AD 597. However one beautiful Celtic Cross remains, the cross now known
as the Cross of Durrow.
At the base of this cross is a barely legible inscription which reads "Pray
for Dubtach who erected this cross". Dubtach was the head of the Columban
order between 927 and 938 AD. The cross, in white sandstone, is very sensitively
carved. The West face of the cross has the scene of the Crucifixion, but as
always there are people nearby. The scenes below probably represent incidents
in the Passion. At the foot of the cross there are soldiers at the tomb. The
East face shows the triumph of Christ – Christ in Judgement. Nearby is David
with a harp or lyre. His psalms were recited almost continuously in the monasteries
so he was a very revered figure. On this face there is also a representation
of the sacrifice of Isacc and at the bottom three figures with angels. Is this
the Trinity, or the Holy Family? It may indeed be both.
There are many beautiful panels of interlace design and, as always on the Irish
Crosses, none of them the same. This was a most important cross, a sign of the
importance of Durrow. We get a further glimpse of the importance of the monastery
of Durrow in the Long Room of the library of Trinity College, Dublin. Many visitors
go to see the Book of Kells with its magnificent designs and lettering. Not
so many know about the Book of Durrow, a copy of the Gospels made almost a hundred
years earlier that is also on display in the Long Room. It is a smaller carefully
planned volume. There are "carpet" pages of design facing the opening
pages of the Gospels; beautiful initial capital letters at the beginning of
each Gospel and a full page symbol of each of the Four Evangelists.
When one looks at the skill, artistry and learning that produced such a manuscript
and then see these same qualities embodied in stone in the Cross of Durrow one
understands the poet who wrote of Durrow:
"With its books and learning A devout city with a hundred crosses".
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