Cross (fragment)

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from Craiglemine, Glasserton, Wigtownshire

Postcard of Cross (fragment).
© National Museums Scotland

Cross (fragment)

This fragment from a stone wheel-headed cross was found at Craiglemine at Glasserton in Wigtownshire. The shape and decoration have parallels to others in Wigtownshire, and reflect a style of sculpture centred at Whithorn.

The small fragment is from the top of the cross, which was shaped like a wheel. Four circular bosses would have formed the gaps between the arms of a cross, and another boss would have been in its centre.

Elaborate Christian sculptures served several purposes. Some may have been memorials, while others made statements about political or ecclesiastical power. They could mark boundaries, define areas of sanctuary, or be a focus for religious practice.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-157-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 122
Date: 900 - 1000
Between 900 and 1000
Material: Small fragment
Dimensions: 13" x 6" x 2"
What: Wheel-head of cross / fragment
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire, Glasserton, Craiglemine
Description: Fragment of a wheel-headed cross of stone, from Craiglemine, Glasserton, 900 - 1000
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