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The weapon you’re about to see is powerful enough to melt bad guys’ blood vessels...

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The weapon you’re about to see is powerful enough to melt bad guys’ blood vessels...



llefiori insets. Snake-like animals are arranged in interlocked rows along the sides, and there are large animal heads in high relief at either side of the base of the crook. The openwork crest was cast contains a row of five crouched dog-like animals. The zoomorphic and interlace patterns are in the Irish Ringerike style and bears strong resemblance to late 11th century additions to the Bearnan Chulain bell shrine, and the early 12th century Shrine of Saint Lachtin's Arm, suggesting a possible origination in Dublin.

The shaft has three large copper-alloy and richly decorated knopes, the largest of which contains a crest and measures 7.5 cm. The other knopes hold crests and are separated by blue studs formed from glass. The central knope is less decorated compared to the other two, but has inlay bands and silver lining. A collar below the upper knope is made of copper-alloy, and contains relief designs of two large cat-like animals facing each other. Clonmacnoise is also the location where the Stowe Missal was discovered.

The Clonmacnoise Crozier is often described as the finest of the surviving examples, in both craftmanship and design.


The drop of the Coigreach, with St Fillan’s Crozier to the right, National Museum of Scotland
While a number of Scottish Insular croziers (or "quigrichs") survive, there are only six extant early Christian examples (the Bachul Mor fragment, the crosier of St Fillan, two drops found at Hoddom, Dumfriesshire, and two unidentified drop now in the British Museum. Their likeness to Irish examples is indicative of the close contact between Scottish and Irish craftsmen, while it is known that a number of Irish metalworkers settled in Scotland. The similarities include methods of construction and their style and decoration. The Scottish croziers are characterised by their angular crook shape with separate abstract drop, with most dated to before the mid-11th cen

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