Front of a cross slab

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Found at Woodwray, Angus

Postcard of Front of a cross slab.
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Front of a cross slab

This is the front of a cross slab found at the old castle of Woodwray in Angus. It was carved between 800 and 900.

The front has a cross which has been defaced badly, perhaps in the 17th century. It is surrounded by fantastic beasts, including a pair of interlaced snakes and a creature swallowing a man whose legs protrude from its mouth (probably Jonah and the whale).

The slab was presented to Sir Walter Scott and erected on his estate at Abbotsford. It was moved from Abbotsford to the Museum in 1923.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-506-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 202
Date: 7th or 8th century
Between 800 and 900
Material: Sandstone, red; sculptured on both sides in relief
Dimensions: 2110 mm H x 160 mm L x 1000 mm W
What: Cross slab
Where: Scotland, Angus, Woodrae
Description: Cross slab of red sandstone decorated in relief with Pictish symbols, men on horseback and fantastic beasts, from Woodrae, Angus, 7th or 8th century
  • Close-Brooks, J. & Stevenson, R.B.K. Dark Age Sculpture. Edinburgh: HMSO, 1982 
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