Part of a stone cross

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Found at Hoddom, Dumfriesshire

Postcard of Part of a stone cross.
© National Museums Scotland

Part of a stone cross

This is part of a cross, one of a group of fragmentary crosses found in the 19th century at Hoddom, Dumfriesshire on the site of a monastery. It was carved in a Northumbrian style between 700 and 800.

This side of the shaft depicts the figure of Christ in classical dress standing in front of a church, holding a book. Above the roof are two attendant figures, possibly the sun and the moon.

The Northumbrian Angles gained controlled the Lowlands during the 7th century. The archaeological evidence of this event consists of monumental sculpture such as this one and some high quality metalwork in an Anglian technique.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-437-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 9
Date: 7th or 8th century
Between 700 and 800
Material: Stone; figures in relief of saints under canopies
Dimensions: 1210 mm H (including plinth) x 170 mm L x 250 mm W
What: Cross / portion
Who: Jesus Christ
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Hoddam
Description: Portion of an Anglican stone cross-shaft with figures in relief of Christ and saints under canopies, from Hoddam, Dumfriesshire, 7th or 8th century
  • Close-Brooks, J. & Stevenson, R.B.K. Dark Age Sculpture. Edinburgh: HMSO, 1982 
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