Celtic Cross Pendant, Silver

The depictions of christian crosses in the Insular Art of Ireland are not really celtic, but the ornaments and symbols have their roots in the pagan past.

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Celtic Cross Pendant, Silver

Handcrafted from 925 silver, leather thong included. Size 35 x 17 mm.


Influenced by the germanic art style, especially the depictions of mythical animals, knots and floral ornaments on the one hand and the traditional celtic art on the other hand, a new "Insular Art" developed in the 7th century at Ireland.  The Insular Art reaches it´s peak in complex patterns of knots and tridents at the early middle-ages. In monastaries lavish illuminated bible and gospel-books were painted, beiing decorated with inticrate patterns. The most famous examples are the the Book of Dorrow, The Book of Kells or the Gospels of Lindisfarne.

A symbol of the missonary zeal of the irish monks like Bonifatius, spreading the christian belief also at the continent, are the numerous stone crosses, a very own creation of the celtic/anglo-saxon art. The crosses were erected at grave yards, monastaries and even at old pagan sacrificial sites. At this way, old sanctuaries changed to christianity, but the traditional religious convictions survived in an extensive number of legends and fairy tales. Probably  the crosses were also based on paganism, the ring was a symbol for an old celtic sun-cult. The sun crosses were common symbols in artefacts of Prehistoric Europe, particularly during the Neolithic to Bronze Age periods (Pic. 2, see also article no. 073101)

Another explanantion of the creation of the celtic crosses is far less romantic. Maybe they are only a special depiction of the christus monogram comprising the greek letters "Chi" (X) and "Rho" (P) (Pic. 3).

Pic. 4 shows the Bonifatius cross in Heldenbergen, Germany, erected to honor the missionary of the early 8th century.

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Delivery time 1-2 weeks
weight 0.003000
size 35 x 17 mm
Era Celts
Material Silver 925
Kind of replica Pendants
scope of delivery Delivery in a jewellery case with leather necklace and certificate
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