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Scotland’s History and heritage in miniature
Celtic & Pictish Crosses & carved stones
Historic Architecture models
This piece is a miniature depiction of Maclean’s Celtic cross on Iona. Presented as a re-construction of how the cross looked when it was first carved in the 15th Century
Maclean’s Cross – so named because it is thought to have been commissioned by a Chieftain of Maclean of Duart. The 3 metre tall cross stands beside the ancient Sràid nan Marbh (‘street of the dead’) It was likely used originally as a pilgrimage prayer cross, where pilgrims walking from the beach would pause to pray here before moving on up the road to their final destination, The Abbey and St. Columba’s shrine. It is sited on the spot, it is said, where St. Columba rested on the last day of his life
The cross is an example of the Iona style of stone-carving. Carved from a single Shist-stone slab more than 3m high, the disc-headed cross is intricately carved with complex vine and foliage based Celtic knotwork. The central panel of the cross has a carved depiction of the crucifixion of Christ. Above this is a depiction of a Fleur-de-lis cross.
Macleans cross is mounted on a stone plinth of a later date. Weather and erosion are now taking a toll on the detailed carving.
The original cross from Iona
Hand painted. Resin cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes’ original sculpture.