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The Hunt Scenes of the Irish High Crosses and the Iconography of the Continental Celtic Stag Deity

Fomin, Maxim (2016) The Hunt Scenes of the Irish High Crosses and the Iconography of the Continental Celtic Stag Deity. Text and Image: Essential Problems in Art History, 2 . pp. 6-18. [Journal article]

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Abstract

A cross-shaft originally found in Banagher (co. Offaly, fig. 1, Dublin National Museum inventoryno. 1929: 1497) contains an image of a religious figure carrying a crozier and riding a horse (top) anda trapped deer (bottom). The north side of the Bealin Cross (Co. Westmeath)1 contains aniconographically similar image (fig. 2), although this time the deer is at the top of the shaft, snatchedby the biting hound, and the travelling saint is at the bottom. Although the scenes of hunt in InsularArt are quite numerous, images of hunting stags accompanied by religious figures are not so distinct.How one is to explain the significance of these images? What motifs one finds when looking atsimilar imagery across centuries, traditions and cultures of the Celtic world? The article is an attempt to answer these questions.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:early Ireland; Irish High Crosses; St. Patrick; iconography; Continental Celts; stag deity; deer hunt
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:37851
Deposited By: Dr Maxim Fomin
Deposited On:27 May 2017 22:06
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:29

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