McHarp Coychurch Cross
This replica of the COYCHURCH CROSS by McHarp is inspired by the actual carved stone cross in Glamorganshire, Wales. There were several workshops at various important monasteries in Wales. One of them was at Glamorgan. The workshop at Glamorgan produced a Celtic Cross, known as the "paneled" or "cartwheel" slab, which were made from the late 9th century until the 11th century. The Coychurch Cross employs two seperate styles of Celtic design, the wheel cross and knotwork. The head of the cross in the form of the wheel cross originated not from the crucifixion cross but from the Chi-Rho monogram represents Christ. The letter X(chi) and P(rho), the first two letters of Christ in Greek, were one over the other. After centuries this symbol came to be enclosed in a circle. The interlacing which fills the shaft is endless, and thus cannot be untied, representing everlasting life - the Alpha and Omega - beginning and end in an eternal circle.
Cast in the USA by McHarp, the piece is first carved in clay, and then a mold is taken from the carving. The molds are used to cast the crosses in a durable stone-like material, and the pieces are then stained and sealed several times to achieve the final finish. The cross comes with an attached wire hanger on the back, and is ready to be displayed indoors or outdoors in sheltered areas. There is also an explanation card included with history of the cross.
Dimensions 6" H x 2.5" W