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St. Oran’s Celtic Cross (Iona)

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

Height=180mm Width=65mm

A scale miniature of St. Oran's Celtic Cross on Iona, Scotland

Standing more than 11 feet tall, St. Oran’s cross was carved in the 8th century, probably at the request Óengus son of Fergus, king of the Picts, who conquered Iona around 741 A.D, and it thought to be the first Celtic High Cross ever made.

The carved symbols on the cross are fusions of the Pagan Celtic and early Christian symbols. The spirals, Celtic symbols of the intertwining of heaven and earth, were adopted into Celtic Christianity, as were the snakes, whose shedding of their skin symbolized Christ’s resurrection. Five rounded bosses in the central panel, represent the number of wounds Christ suffered.

The Cross also portrays detailed carved Biblical scenes, like the image of Daniel in the Lion’s Den on the left cross-arm. In the center below the cross arm is an image of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Christ flanked by angels on either side. This is one of the earliest images of Virgin and Child known. The right cross-arm shows a depiction of an angel and demon fighting over the soul of St Oran, a sight St. Columba claimed to have witnessed on Oran’s death. This panel is speculation as the original image is entirely lost to time leaving no clues.

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 Iona

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

Size: H=180mm W=65mm

C02 Saint Oran’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