Cross (piece)

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from Craiglemine, Glasserton, Wigtownshire

Postcard of Cross (piece).
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Cross (piece)

This piece of a stone cross shaft was found at Craiglemine at Glasserton in Wigtownshire. The decoration has parallels to others in Wigtownshire, and reflects a style of sculpture centred at Whithorn. This cross shaft was carved between 900 and 1000.

This side of the cross shaft was decorated with interlace patterns. The stone is broken at the top and on one side at the bottom.

After the introduction of Christianity, architectural features, shrines and especially crosses were carved from stone. Many, like this example, are decorated with interlace patterns which are also found on metalwork and in manuscripts.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-480-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 121
Date: Between 900 and 1000
Material: Stone; sculptured, one side with interlaced patterns, geometrical patterns on other; imperfect
Dimensions: 1180 mm H x 70 mm L x 480 mm W
What: Slab
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire, Glasserton, Craiglemine
Description: Sculptured slab with interlaced patterns on one side and geometric patterns on the other, from Craiglemine, Glasserton
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, p 481. 
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