Muiredach’s Cross is the finest of its kind in Ireland. It is a massive 17 ft. 8 in., 10th century monolith is remarkably well preserved despite more that 1000 years of weathering. It is found at Monasterboice, which was found in the 5th century by a disciple of St. Patrick called St. Buite, along with the ruins of two churches and a Round Tower.
The scenes are from bottom upwards:
- The Fall of Man shows Adam and Eve, and Cain slying Abel alongside.
- David struggling with Goliath.
- Moses smites the rock to obtain water for the Israelites.
- Adoration of the Magi.
- Center: The Last Judgment shows Christ in Glory surrounded by a crowd of resurrected souls.
- The devil stands on his left clutching a pitchfork, ready to chase the damned souls to Hell.
- Below Christ’s feet are the scales of judgment.
- Top: St. Anthony and St. Paul meeting in the desert.
McHarp Ceramic Celtic Crosses. McHarp products are made of clay/ceramic. All McHarp artwork and crosses are hand-crafted and inspired by designs from antiquity. Each piece, based on an actual artifact or standing stone in the Celtic world, is accompanied by a tag in which the time period and culture are described.
Monasterboice, Co. Louth, Ireland
15 1/2" x 7 1/2"