Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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A line drawing of the cover of the Cathach:
The Cathach was enclosed in a specially made shrine sometime in the 1000’s. This was done by Cathbharr Ã“ Domhnaill, chief of the O’Donnells and Domhnall Mag Robhartaigh, the Abbot of Kells. The shrine cover consists of a brass box measuring 9 inches long, 8 inches wide and 2 inches thick. The top is heavily decorated with silver, crystals, pearls and other precious stones. It shows an image of the Crucifixion and an image of St Colm Cille.
However, more interesting is the central figure of the cover which I take to be Christ and, if dating from the around the year 1000, must surely be a copy of a representation from the late antique period. This firure is straight out of Classical antiquity with antecedents in the mosaics of Santa Pudentiana and ultimately the Temple of Apollo on the Capitoline hill.