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Ahenny Celtic Cross Pendant, Irish Cross
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Ahenny Celtic Cross Pendant, Irish Cross

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This exquisite solid silver Celtic cross is a miniature reproduction of a freestanding cross in Ireland. See the history of the Ahenny Celtic cross below.

The Ahenny Celtic cross is 1-3/4” high by 1” wide (45mm x 50mm). It has a polished back, stamped sterling. The front of the cross is antiqued and extremely detailed. This cross comes with a loop on the back so that it can be worn as a pendant. This pendant can be purchased with or without a chain.

CELTIC HIGH CROSS OF AHENNY

Ahenny is an unusual place - a graveyard with two ancient Celtic crosses. Two Celtic crosses, striking and subtly different from many crosses seen on ancient monastic sites up and down the country, and different because there is nothing in the Annals or in any other records to tell us why they are there.

Of course the local people know why they are there and they also know that there were once three crosses in Ahenny and someone tried to ship one - the most beautiful if the three they tell us - out of the country (to England? to America?) but the attempt failed when it was lost either in Waterford Harbor off Passage East or further out to sea. The locals say that the three crosses marked the burial place of seven bishops of the early Irish Church. Again we have no record, but it certainly was quiet usual for seven holy men to come together to form a community of prayer. However if the crosses marked their last resting place that is unusual because Irish High Crosses celebrated living persons or large flourishing monastic communities, not burial sites.

Many scholars think that the Ahenny crosses were carved at an early date, perhaps in the 8th Century. The faces of the cross have no scriptural carvings but are most beautifully decorated. At the center of the cross are five projecting bosses, reminding us of St.Martin's cross in Iona, again raising the question about the importance of Ahenny in the past. All over the head and shaft of the cross are elaborate designs, spiral and interface and fret. Dr. Peter Harbison in his scholarly work "High Crosses of Ireland" is moved to poetry as he describes the head of the west face as "covered like a spiders web with a single panel of intricately composed coiled spirals." The faces and ring of the cross are surrounded by a high relief rope moulding which adds to its distinctive appearance. The fact that the rest of the decoration is in low relief makes us ask "What did the cross look like when it was first erected?" and many would say that it must have been colored - only in this way could the marvelous work of the sculptor been fully seen and appreciated.

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We want all of our customers to be happy with their purchase. If for some reason, you are not satisfied with your item, please contact us and we will work with you to provide another item or give a refund. Please send us a conversation if you would like to return your item(s). Returns must be shipped within 10 days of receiving your item(s).

If your item is damaged in the mail, we will ship you another upon return of the item. If you item is lost in the mail, while this is of no fault of ours or yours, we will provide another but you will be required to wait 30 days from the shipping date to give time for you package to arrive. If you supply the incorrect address, we will not refund or provide a replacement for your lost shipment. If you purchase a ring and you order the wrong size, we will not re-size it. This can be done at any jeweller for a small fee.

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