Irish Christian Decorative Arts Photos

Irish monks served to preserve Christianity during the Dark Ages in Medieval Europe. However, Irish Christianity adopted many of the swirls of Celtic Ireland which gave its Christian art a distinctive style.

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Bronze crucifixion plaque from Roscommon at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Gilded silver chalice from Reerasta, Limerick at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Gilded silver chalice from Derrynaflan, Tipperary at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Cross of Cong from Mayo at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.
Bronze crucifixion plaque (8thC) from Roscommon at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Gilded silver chalice (8thC) from Reerasta, Limerick at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Gilded silver chalice (9thC) from Derrynaflan, Tipperary at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Cross of Cong (12thC) from Mayo at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.
Copper alloy crucifixion plaque possibly from Killaloe at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Replica of St Manchan's Shrine original from Lemanaghan at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Figure of a bishop from St Patrick's cathedral, Dublin at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Waterford processional cross at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.
Copper alloy crucifixion plaque (11thC) possibly from Killaloe at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Replica of St Manchan's Shrine (12thC) original from Lemanaghan at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Figure of a bishop (15thC) from St Patrick's cathedral, Dublin at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Dublin, Ireland.Waterford processional cross (c1450) at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.
Waterford altar cross with symbols of four Evangelists at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Winged lion of Evangelist Mark on Waterford altar cross at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Winged bull of Evangelist Luke on Waterford altar cross at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Winged eagle of Evangelist John on Waterford altar cross at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.
Waterford altar cross (c1450) with symbols of four Evangelists at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Winged lion of Evangelist Mark on Waterford altar cross (c1450) at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Winged bull of Evangelist Luke on Waterford altar cross (c1450) at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Winged eagle of Evangelist John on Waterford altar cross (c1450) at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.
Winged angel of Evangelist Matthew on Waterford altar cross at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Cashel bell with Celtic cross embossed at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Cashel crosier at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Silver gilt reliquary shrine of St Patrick's hand from County Down at Ulster Museum. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Winged angel of Evangelist Matthew on Waterford altar cross (c1450) at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Cashel bell with Celtic cross embossed (9thC) at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Cashel crosier (12thC) at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Silver gilt reliquary shrine of St Patrick's hand (15thC) from County Down at Ulster Museum. Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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