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DescriptionA McHarp cast stone Irish Celtic cross based on Cardonough Cross, County Donegal, Ireland.
A tag accompanies the cross: "The ringless cross of Cardonough was traditionally regarded as one of the earliest crosses because of the simple incised technique of carving and the broad ribbon interlace. A later date, sometime in the 9th century, is now preferred. The east face has two figured scenes. The larger of the two is "The Crucifixion" with angels above and below Christ's outstretched arms. The lower scene is thought to be the three holy women walking toward the tomb, a scene that was frequently substituted for, but indicating "The Resurrection". With the cross complete and set in place, it would have been painted in bright colors."
Cast in the USA by McHarp-- the mother-daughter team of Ruth McKay and Linda Harp. Linda has a masters degree in anthroplogy, and Ruth has an extensive background in art and sculpture. Each cross is inspired by an actual carved stone cross in Ireland.
The piece is first carved in clay, and then a mold is taken from the carving. The molds are used to cast the crosses in a durable stone-like material, and the pieces are then stained and sealed several times to achieve the final finish. The cross comes with an attached wire hanger on the back, and is ready to be displayed indoors or outdoors in sheltered areas.
12.5 inches high by 5 inches wide. Lovely weight and feel (somewhere between ceramic and stone).
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