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Book of Kells

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The design for this cross uses four elements from the ancient manuscript, the Book of Kells. The early Christian Celtic people of Ireland would attach strong or powerful animal (spirits) to their important people. In this case, the animals represent the four gospel writers - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew symbolized by an angel, Mark a lion, Luke a calf and John an eagle. In the center of the cross is the symbol of the light or the light of the world. Each of the four is holding a rod…

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The initial letters presented here were taken from or inspired by the ancient manuscripts; The Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels. These books were created by hand in the seventh and eighth centuries. These two are superb examples of the art and craft of that time. The books, and others similar to them, were made to be alter books and for ceremonial use. They were great treasures of the monasteries they were created for. Page after page is full of brilliant color, clever imagination…

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The initial letters presented here were taken from or inspired by the ancient manuscripts; The Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels. These books were created by hand in the seventh and eighth centuries. These two are superb examples of the art and craft of that time. The books, and others similar to them, were made to be alter books and for ceremonial use. They were great treasures of the monasteries they were created for. Page after page is full of brilliant color, clever imagination…

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