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“Spirit Of Iona” Celtic Cross

This piece represents an early Christian Celtic Cross slab that was found on the Island of Iona. I have reconstructed how the cross would have been seen when it was first carved around 1000 years ago. The carving is a cross formed out of a double-ribbon interlace. At the centre of the cross is a square knot, and the terminals of the arms and shaft are semicircular knots. This design is of a style known now as the “Iona School” and as such I have named my depiction “Spirit Of Iona”

The Celtic Cross has been used as a Christian symbol since the 4th Century and has it’s origins with early Pagan Celts who used similar designs to create a “Sun Cross”, later ascribed Christian meaning by missionaries to convert the Celts and Picts to Christianity.

The cross symbol is thought to be a meeting place and recepticle for divine energies. This sculpture carries the spirit of the Celtic craftsmen and embodies the virtues of 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.


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The original cross from Iona

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

Size: H=215mm W=125mm

C22 “Spirit Of Iona” Celtic Cross

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