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St. John’s Celtic Cross (Iona)

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

Height=230mm Width=105mm


A scale reproduction of Saint John’s Celtic Cross at Iona Abbey, Scotland


St John’s cross thought to have been carved around AD 800. And  stands 4.4 m high. The stone used to create it, chlorite-schist, is thought to have originally come from a quarry around the Loch Sween area of Argyll. The original cross suffered severe weathering over the centuries and fell to ruin. It was restored in 1926 and placed indoors, housed in the Nunnery Museum. The Cross standing outside the Chapel today is a concrete replica, constructed in 1970

Nothing is known about the early history of the cross. St. John’s Cross was placed in it’s exact spot outside the Abbey Chapel so that, late in the day, the shadow of the cross would be cast onto the doorway, emphasizing it’s sanctity.

St. John’s Cross is one of several crosses on Iona which showed visitors and pilgrims the way to the abbey The originally brightly painted stone crosses were places where people would stop and pray as they passed by.

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=230mm W=105mm

C03 Saint John’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