This orignal granite Castledermot Cross is found in the Church of Ireland churchyard in the town of Castledermot, Ireland. The church goes back to the 12th and 13th centuries; beside the church stands a Round Tower. The 10 foot tall cross was probably erected in the 9th century at the Dirert Diamada monastery founded in 812. Monks are thought to have used the scenes like a picture book to teach about Christ. The scenes from bottom upwards:
1. Three figures, Emmaus.
2. Temptation of St. Anthony.
3. Daniel in the Lion's Den.
Center: Eve handing the apple to Adam in the Garden of Eden bringing about the Fall of Man.
Left of Center: David the Psalmist playing his harp.
Right of Center: Sacrifice of Isaac.
Top Panel: Fall of Simon Magus.
West Face, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Measures 10 1/2" x 5 1/2”
McHarp Crosses are faithfully and loving replications of ancient crosses, scenes from historical and memorial crosses, and original designs. They are made to explore and honor their heritage and express their love of beauty, balance and harmony. Made from a durable stone-like material, each cross is stained and sealed and features a hook to display.