Cross slab

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from Kingoldrum, Angus

Postcard of Cross slab.
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Cross slab

This sandstone cross slab was found along with two other sculptured stones when the old church at Kingoldrum in Angus was pulled down. It was carved between 800 and 900, with a mixture of Christian motifs and Pictish symbols.

This side was carved with a cross in relief, decorated with a key pattern. Two interlaced serpents are on either side of the shaft.

With the introduction of Christianity, the Pictish symbols found on earlier carvings were incorporated into Christian sculptures. However, the cross became the most important part of the stone.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-454-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 39
Date: Between 800 and 900
Material: Stone; sculptured; bearing on obverse a cross ornamented with fretwork; symbols on reverse
Dimensions: 1030 mm H (including plinth) x 130 mm L x 400 mm W
Where: Scotland, Angus, Kingoldrum
Description: Cross slab bearing a cross ornamented with fretwork on the obverse, with symbols on the reverse, from Kingoldrum, Angus
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, p 226. 
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