Necklaces & Pendants
This pendant is made of sterling silver. The pendant is designed with a Celtic cross which is known as Cross Of Durrow. Durrow is almost in the centre of Ireland. Only a few fragments remain of the buildings that were erected during and after the lifetime of St. Columba who died in AD 597. However one beautiful Celtic Cross remains, the cross now known as the Cross of Durrow.
At the base of this cross is a barely legible inscription which reads "Pray for Dubtach who erected this cross". Dubtach was the head of the Columban order between 927 and 938 AD. The cross, in white sandstone, is very sensitively carved. The West face of the cross has the scene of the Crucifixion, but as always there are people nearby. The scenes below probably represent incidents in the Passion. At the foot of the cross there are soldiers at the tomb. The East face shows the triumph of Christ - Christ in Judgement. Nearby is David with a harp or lyre. His psalms were recited almost continuously in the monasteries so he was a very revered figure. On this face there is also a representation of the sacrifice of Isacc and at the bottom three figures with angels. Is this the Trinity, or the Holy Family? It may indeed be both. This cross is 3.9cm in height and 1.9cm wide.