This cross is known as the pillow cross from the legend of St. Columba which tells us that Columba used a stone as a pillow. One morning when he awoke, the image of the ringed cross is said to have appeared on it. In the 19th century, in a field near Iona Abbey, a crofter plowed up an oval stone with a ringed cross carved on it. Because of the legend, the stone became known as the Pillow Cross. 1 1/8 by 3/4 inch cross
Iona Crosses: Faithful Design. -- Artist Mhairi Killen, fresh from the Glasgow School of Art, made her working stdio in an Iona cottage in 1997. It had been occupied for five generations of her family -- all offering their creations to Iona's many visitors. Mhairi's detailed designs are collected under the name Aosdana.