Sculptured stone

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from St Boniface church, Papa Westray, Orkney

Postcard of Sculptured stone.
© National Museums Scotland

Sculptured stone

This stone with incised decoration was found at the site of an early monastery at St Boniface churchyard on Papa Westray in Orkney. It is evidence of the spread of Christianity in Orkney between 600 and 800.

On one face of the stone there is an incised cross with expanded arms in a circle. Above it is a small Latin cross, the arms ending in crescents.

Christianity was introduced to Scotland after the Romans had left. Different traditions of Christianity developed in different areas, often influencing one another.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-504-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 200
Date: Between 600 and 800
Material: Stone; bearing on one face an incised cross
Dimensions: 580 mm H x 40 mm L x 330 mm W
What: Cross slab
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Papa Westray, St Boniface Church
Description: Cross slab with two styles of incised cross, from St Boniface Church, Papa Westray
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