Width: 1 1/16"
Height: 2 ¼"
High Cross Of Muirdach
This monumental Celtic cross is found at Monasterboice in County Louth, Ireland. This dates to 923 A.D. and is a representative masterpiece of the Celtic cross design of the period.
The central figure is the risen Christ who stands as the judge of the world. The neighboring figures represent the dead and living at the end of times.
The influences on the style of the figures is varied and comprise early Christian art, Egyptian Coptic art, other near eastern styles and the local sophisticated Irish art forms. Irish art of the this historical period was flourishing and can accurately be described as cosmopolitan. Unfortunately, by the 12th century these artistic productions became extinct.