Two Warriors arrest Jesus on the

Cross of Muiredach
Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland, 10th century


The west side with the central crucifixion scene


The Arrest of Christ (or the Ecce Homo)
The Arrest of Christ (or the Ecce Homo)

A young beardless Christ stands in the center held by two soldiers; thus, this could be a depiction of the arrest of Christ. Because Christ is dressed in regal fashion with a large, ornate brooch and because he carries a wand (sceptre), this may represent the mocking of Christ when the soldiers dressed Him in a purple robe and crown of thorns and gave him a mock sceptre of reed, hailing Him as "King of the Jews." (John 19:4-6)
Source: Digital Imaging Project, Bluffton University



Referenced on p102, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle


247A-B 'The Betrayal', Cross of Muiredach, Uladh, 10th century
(in situ Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland)
The more worn carvings on the Cross of Muiredach again show relatively short non-tapering swords.



Cross of the Scriptures, Clonmacnoise, Ireland, 10th century
Illustrations of Irish Costume & Soldiers