My latest piece, the Durrow Cross, is a Celtic knot work cross design, adapted from a detail in the Book of Durrow, a medieval illuminated manuscript gospel book in the 'insular art' style that was probably created between 650 and 700AD.
It is not known for certain where this beautiful hand created manuscript was created, perhaps Durrow Abbey itself, in Ireland, or possibly Lindesfarne monastery or Iona Abbey. It is known as the Book of Durrow, as it is known to have been at Durrow Abbey by 916, and is now held at Trinity College, Dublin.
It is the oldest surviving complete illuminated insular gospel book, predating the Book of Kells by over a century.
My 'Durrow Cross' has been adapted from a central motif in one of the 'carpet' pages. Carpet pages are a feature of the insular illuminated manuscripts, being pages of mainly geometrical ornamentation, and are typically placed at the beginning of each of the four Gospels in Gospel books. 'Carpet pages' describe those pages in Christian, Islamic or Jewish illuminated manuscripts that contain little or no text and which are filled entirely with decorative motifs.
|Carpet Page, Book of Durrow. (See sources)|
'Durrow Cross' has been hand-burnt onto birch wood, mounted into a 16 cm oak frame, and finally polished with wax. Every stage of each process has been done by me, by hand.
I am now thinking that this would also look particularly good in silver metal.....
|Three of the plaques from our Dark and Light range|
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