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Scotland’s History and heritage in miniature
Celtic & Pictish Crosses & carved stones
Historic Architecture models
This piece is a scale depiction of the Kildalton High Cross on the Island of Islay. It was carved probably in the second half of the 8th century AD. Judging by the style and workmanship shown, it was possibly carved by the same artist who created the larger high crosses on Iona.
I have re-created the east face of the cross which depicts a series of biblically inspired characters and scenes. Above the central boss are carvings of angels; of David killing the lion; and of 2 birds eating grapes. The left hand arm depicts Cain murdering Abel, while the right hand arm shows the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham. Below the narrowing of the shaft and beneath the "ring" which links the arms together is a depiction of the Virgin and Child flanked by angels.
The Kildalton Cross would have been used as a tool to help priests preach the Christian gospel and would likely have been brightly painted when first carved.
The original cross from Islay
Hand painted. Resin cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes’ original sculpture.