St. John's Cross Rinnagan
St. John's Cross, Rinnagan, Co Westmeath. As one of the few recognisably representational pieces of early Irish metalwork, but also one which characterises the fascinating difference in the Celtic artist's ornamental, stylised and mysteriously unrealistic approach to an otherwise naturalistically-represented theme of vital significance to Christian belief the so-called 'Athlone Crucifixion plaque' is one of the most frequently illustrated examples of early Irish art, along with the Book of Kells, the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. Yet, unlike them, it has rarely been accorded the detailed treatment which it so richly deserves.
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