Cross shaft

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from Monifieth, Angus

Postcard of Cross shaft.
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Cross shaft

This sandstone cross shaft, missing its upper part, is one of several sculptured stones found at the old church at Monifieth in Angus. It was carved sometime between 800 and 1000. This is the main side of the cross.

The shaft is divided into panels. At the top is the broken-off figure of Christ on the cross, with St Mary and St John on either side. Below are a pair of saints or clergy, then two men holding horns. At the bottom is the seated David playing a harp.

Depictions of harps on Pictish stones are the earliest evidence of their use in Europe. Two types are shown: a large type which rested on the ground (as here) and smaller hand held instruments.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-444-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 25
Date: Between 800 and 1000
Material: Stone; sculptured; Crucifixion in relief
Dimensions: 1592 mm H (including plinth) x 180 mm L x 290 mm W
What: Cross shaft / portion
Where: Scotland, Angus, Monifieth
Description: Portion of sculptured cross shaft with part of the crucified figure of Christ, from Monifieth
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, p 265. 
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