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Rosemarkie Pictish Wheel  Cross

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

Diameter=145mm

This piece is a miniature artist’s reconstruction of the Rosemarkie (#6) Pictish cross. This small sandstone cross, dates back to the 8th-9th Century AD. It was discovered at Rosemarkie Churchyard and donated to the National Museum of Scotland by the Rev C. MacDowall in 1885. Today it is on display at the Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie.

This style of  cross is known as a wheel cross. This Rosemarkie example  appears to be unfinished as though the Pictish Sculptor abandoned his work for some reason. It is likely that it was intended that this cross would be used as an architectural decoration within  a small, long since demolished church that was possibly founded by St Moulag on the site of the present church. With this in mind I have used artistic licence to depict how this cross may have looked had it been completed and installed within this church. The original cross has 5 holes or depressions carved into the centre and arms, likely to have held either metal, glass or gemstone decoration. I have opted to depict lead rivets as decoration. I have also depicted a gold painted background to further enhance the cross.

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 at Rosemarkie

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

Size: Diameter=145mm

C32 Rosemarkie Pictish Wheel Cross

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