This beautiful example of Western iconography is a manuscript illumination by from the Book of Kells, a Celtic Gospel book dating to the early 9th century. The name "Book of Kells" is derived from the Abbey of Kells in Kells, County Meath in Ireland. Its main images depict the symbols of the four Evangelists: Matthew is represented by the Man, Mark by the Lion, Luke by the Calf, and John by the Eagle. The symbols have halos and wings, a double set in the case of the Calf. The symbol of Matthew holds a flabellum, an instrument used in the early church to protect the Holy Eucharist and its vessels from impurities. The Eagle perches on a footstool. The symbols are in four framed panels around a cross, with another, stepped cross at its center. In the corner pieces at the top right and lower left of the frame, a Eucharistic chalice sprouts vine tendrils which are bitten by perching peacocks, a symbol of Jesus as the Everlasting Vine. The 4 Evangelists image from the Book of Kells is printed by a professional photographer onto transparent museum-quality cotton/satin cloth with archival pigments. The printed cloth is then hand-sewn with reeds to hold the cloth at the top and bottom. Because the reeds are hand-cut, sizes will vary slightly. Exclusive to The Catholic Company. Makes a great gift for anyone with a love for the artistic treasures of the Christian faith.
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