Sculptured stone (fragment)

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From Tarbat, Portmahomack, Ross-Shire

Postcard of Sculptured stone (fragment).
© National Museums Scotland

Sculptured stone (fragment)

This fragment of a sculptured stone is one of a number of sculptured stones found at the parish church of Tarbat at Portmahomack in Ross-shire. The site is almost certainly that of a Pictish monastery. The carving was made between 775 and 850.

The sandstone fragment was carved with a cock and fox in shallow relief, over an interlace panel.

In early Christian times there were centres where monumental stone sculpture was practised. These are associated with religious settlements, such as at Tarbat. The surviving carved stones from there display distinctive and complex styles of design.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-511-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 209
Date: Between 775 and 850
Material: Sandstone, grey; part of cock and fox
Dimensions: 180 mm H x 40 mm L x 185 mm W
What: Cross slab / fragment
Where: Scotland, Ross and Cromarty, Tarbat
Description: Fragment of cross slab with shallow relief cock and fox, from Tarbat, Ross and Cromarty
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