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DescriptionA McHarp cast stone Irish Celtic cross based on Tralee Cross, Muckross Friary, County Kerry, Ireland.
This Irish cross incorporates many different Celtic knotwork patterns in a simple, elegant design. The continuous, unbroken lines of the knotwork represented eternal life to the Celts, and the ongoing spiritual journey. The animal design at the center of this cross is interpreted as a swan, an important figure in Celtic myth and legend. Birds, particluarly water birds, were considered messengers between heaven and earth, as they are equally at home on land, on water and in the air above.
This cross is not one of Ireland's ancient cross monuments, but a fine example of how these carved stone cross designs have continued over the centuries. The churchyard at the remains of Muckross Friary where this cross is found includes stones and crosses for the chieftains of the O'Sullivan, MacGillycuddy and O'Donoghue clans, and the last king of Desmond.
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 inches high by 6 inches wide. Lovely weight and feel (somewhere between ceramic and stone).
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