The Brigid's Cross
Height 11cm Width 11cm
On St. Bridgets day, February 1st, it is a tradition in Ireland to make a cross from rushes, as St. Bridget did at the deathbed of a chieftain who she converted to Christianity. These crosses are traditionally hung in Irish houses to protect from fire and evil.
This carving is made by a process known as Intarsia, which is the ancient art of making pictorial mosaics by laying precious and exotic woods onto a solid wood surface. Seven different woods are used to make these Celtic designs.