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Maclean’s Celtic Cross (Iona)

This is a handmade resin-cast miniature sculpture, Scotland. Indoors wall hanging

Height=180mm Width=65mm

This is a scale miniature of Maclean's Celtic Cross on Iona, Scotland

Maclean’s Cross – so named because it is thought to have been commissioned by a Chieftain of Maclean of Duart – dates from the 15th century. 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.

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.

Resin cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes' original sculpture

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The original cross from Iona

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

Size: H=180mm W=65mm

C04 Maclean’s Celtic Cross

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

Online price £ 18.00 & P+P. Ships worldwide