Celtic Cross of Scriptures, to be found at the ancient monastery of Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon, recreated in beautiful detail. Handmade and hallmarked in Ireland this pendant is part of our Replica Cross Collection .
37mm high and 16mm wide. 7g silver weight. 7.3g gold weight. With 18 inch chain. Free shipping and 30-day money back guarantee.
Video: Celtic Cross of Scriptures, Clonmacnoise
Celtic Cross of Scriptures, Clonmacnoise recreated in beautiful detail. Handmade and hallmarked in Ireland.
The city of the seven churches, Clonmacnoise, was founded in 548 AD and lasted
a thousand years. Now it seems a quiet ruined abbey, but at its full flowering
it was a bustling important centre, a university city on a major Irish highway,
the River Shannon. Such a university city – and there were several in Ireland
– was a centre of classical, as well as religious learning, of art, calligraphy,
design, and of gold and silver craftsmanship. Kuno Meyer, the German Scholar
who was professor of Irish at the University of Liverpool at the turn of this
century, could write. "for once, at any rate, Ireland drew upon herself
the attention of the whole world as the great seminary of Christian and classical
A monastery was founded on the site in 548 AD by St. Ciarn, son of a Donegal
father and a Co. Kerry mother. This grew and prospered and by 800 AD a Gaelic
poet was writing:
Ailill the king is vanished,
Vanished Croghan’s fort,
Kings to Clonmacnoise now,
Come to pay their court little places taken,
First by twos and threes,
Are like Rome reborn, Peopled sanctuaries.
(Trans. Frank O’Connor in "Kings, Lords and Commons". New York
It was probably around 800 AD that the Cross of the Scriptures was carved and
erected. It has elaborate carvings both of Scriptural and contemporary scenes
as well as animals and birds. One panel on the East face shows an ecclesiastic
and a warrior with a sword, and between them a staff with leaves or flowers.
It is intriguing to think that this may depict St. Ciaran’s staff, and that
the panel may be showing "a swearing on the staff", a custom
which is known to have existed but the details of which are lost.
The Last Judgement is shown at the centre on the East face, and on the West
face, the Crucifixion. There is a lovely touch at the bottom of the West shaft
where there is a panel showing Our Lord’s body in the tomb. Two snoozing soldiers
are sitting on the tomb while in his mouth a small bird breaths life – symbol
of his imminent Resurrection.