The design of these cufflinks is derived from the upper section of the east face of the Donagh Cross, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. They are is packaged in our exclusive High Crosses of Inishowen gift box with our informative leaflet describing the history of all the Crosses in the collection.
About the Donagh Cross, Carndonagh
The ancient red sandstone Cross measures 2.53 metres high and is believed to date from the latter part of the 7th century.
On the east face, the top of the cross features broad ribbon interlace woven as the Tree of Life. With its roots in the earth and its branches high in the air, it represented the connection between heaven and earth. The seasonal cycles of the tree link it with growth, death and rebirth. Formed in the shape of a cross it blends Celtic and Christian symbolism. The scene below this has been interpreted as the Crucifixion and Christ with his out-stretched arms is accompanied by figures representing Stephaton and Longinus, sponge and lance bearers and the two thieves crucified with Christ. Below it is three figures wearing cowls and long robes. These may represent the holy women who visited Christ’s tomb after the Resurrection.