Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Crosses



"The Celtic cross is a form of Christian cross featuring a nimbus or ring that emerged in Ireland and Britain in the Early Middle Ages. A type of ringed cross, it became widespread through its use in the stone high crosses erected across the islands, especially in regions evangelized by Irish missionaries, from the 9th through the 12th centuries.

A staple of Insular art, the Celtic cross is essentially a Latin cross with a nimbus surrounding the intersection of the arms and stem. Scholars have debated its exact origins, but it is related to earlier crosses featuring rings. The form gained new popularity during the Celtic Revival of the 19th century; the name "Celtic cross" is a convention dating from that time. The shape, usually decorated with interlace and other motifs from Insular art, became popular for funerary monuments and other uses, and has remained so, spreading well beyond Ireland" (Wikipedia).



Cong Abbey, Ireland

5 comments:

  1. Those crosses are so typical Irish, you see them everywhere.

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  2. Thanks for the lesson. Never to old to learn something.

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  3. ...I see many of these in local cemeteries.

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  4. These are quite distinctive. I've got one in my post for today too.

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  5. This is so interesting, thanks for the info.

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