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notes from a small island

curiouswombat in photo_scavenger

Pattern

Some of my favourite patterns are the interlaced Celtic and Viking ones...

Andreas 12b


Maughold crosses b


Those are some of the many such stones that remain in our village churches on our small island. The top ones are at Andreas, the bottom one is at Maughold.

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What a fascinating picture! I love how you've got several patterns going here - the knotwork, the rounded pebble cobbles, and those Ogham-looking runes. A great choice :-)
Thank you!
So amazing. I hope the sculptors and stone-cutters of the time were held in high esteem.
They certainly seemed to be - and some of the stones, at least, are signed.
I agree; Celtic patterns are mesmerising sometimes. And ancient ones always get my vote!
We have a wide selection of them. Mainly still either inside the relevant parish church or, as in the second one, in a lean-to in the church yard.
Those are lovely and interesting. They look very old.
Aren't they! Both are about 1,150 years old.
Oh yes, I love the intricacy of Celtic and Viking knot work, too.
That second one is really interesting, because it looks like a six-ways plait, until you look hard at it. I don't think I ever seen a pattern like that before.
Yes - the second one is clever, isn't it? I picked from some of the others because it is purely pattern without 'picture', and when I looked carefully at the pattern I realised what a neat 'cheat' it was.