Cross shaft (piece)

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from Mains of Penninghame, Wigtownshire

Postcard of Cross shaft (piece).
© National Museums Scotland

Cross shaft (piece)

This piece of a cross shaft was found at Mains of Penninghame in Wigtownshire. It was carved between 900 and 1000 in a style distinctive to the Whithorn area.

This side of the cross shaft is decorated with interlaced plaitwork with a border of square key pattern at the bottom. The stone is broken at the top, and cracked in places.

Christianity was introduced to Scotland after the Romans had left, and took several centuries to become established throughout the country. Different traditions of Christianity developed in different areas, often influencing one another.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-097-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 123
Date: 900 - 1000
Between 900 and 1000
Material: Stone; imperfect; elaborately ornamented on both sides
Dimensions: 44.00" x 18.50"
What: Cross shaft
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire, Mains of Penninghame
Description: Cross shaft elaborately ornamented on both sides, from Mains of Penninghame, Wigtownshire, 900 - 1000
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, pp 486-7. 
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