In Ireland, it is a popular legend that the Celtic Christian cross was introduced by Saint Patrick or possibly Saint Declan during his time converting the pagan Irish, though there are no examples from this early period.
It has often been claimed that Patrick combined the symbol of Christianity with the sun cross, to give pagan followers an idea of the importance of the cross by linking it with the idea of the life-giving properties of the sun.
Other interpretations claim that placing the cross on top of the circle represents Christ's supremacy over the pagan sun.
Hand carved in solid yellow bronze. Signed in the artist in the back.
Patina applied for contrast.
Sealer applied to preserve finish.
Soldered bronze bail.
The pendant is about 1" or 27 mm wide.
Different 14k gold filled chain length and thickness options are available as well as black sterling silver.
The thin chain is 1.4mm.
The med chain is 2.3mm.
The thick chain is 3.5mm.
Gold filled has 100 times more gold than plated thus does not rub or peel off.