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Kildalton Celtic Cross (Islay)

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.


Indoors Wall Hanging. This piece comes ready with a hanging hole on the rear to enable it to be hung flush to a suitable wall from a pin-nail.


HOW THIS MINIATURE WAS CREATED


After many hours researching a subject, I travel the country to measure, sketch and photograph it. This information is brought to my workshop where I set about producing a detailed scale drawing. Once this is completed I use the drawing alongside the photographs to enable me to carve and sculpt the subject in miniature. This whole process  takes many hours, often running into the hundreds. At the end the miniature sculpture becomes the master model with which I make the molds. Each resin casting I make from the molds is an exact reproduction of my original sculpture. I then spend a great deal of time with each and every casting to prepare and paint it using a variety of spray and brush techniques to create a realistic representation of the original, ancient subject. Every stage of this piece you see here is crafted entirely by hand.


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The original cross from Islay

Hand Painted. Resin-cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes’ original sculpture.

Size: H=195mm W=100mm

C19 Kildalton Celtic Cross

Available at Select Retail outlets (see links page) and online at my Etsy shop

Online price £ 18.00 & P+P. Ships worldwide