The Irish High Cross
Height 11cm Width 7cm
High Crosses are found throughout Ireland on old monastic sites. The earliest High Crosses were made from wood or metal but the great stone monuments seen today date from the 9th century.
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.