About this Piece
Celebrate ancient Ireland with this pewter replica of the millenium-old Cross of the Scriptures (also known as King Flann's Cross) at Clonmacnoise Monastery, Co. Offaly. The famous high cross depicts carved Biblical illustrations from the life of Christ (a necessity for a largely illiterate populace at the time). This 6.5" x 2.75" replica (showing the east face of the cross) comes with a font, and is constructed out of finest pewter.
About the Maker
In 1974, Paddy Collins revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland, establishing his workshop in Mullingar, County Westmeath. Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming fashionable among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes. Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances (modern pewter no longer contains lead, for instance), producing wonderful heritage gifts.