Cross (fragment)

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From Tarbat, Portmahomack, Ross-Shire

Postcard of Cross (fragment).
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Cross (fragment)

This fragment of a cross 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.

This fragment may be from the junction of the one arm with the shaft. It is decorated with interlace.

Many of the early Christian carvings in the areas of Pictish settlement have interlace patterns, which are reminiscent of designs on contemporary metalwork and manuscripts.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-536-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 282
Date: Between 775 and 850
Material: Sandstone, greenish-reddish; irregular shape; with interlace and raised flat fillets
Dimensions: 300 mm H x 40 mm L x 200 mm W
What: Cross shaft / fragment
Where: Scotland, Ross and Cromarty, Tarbat
Description: Fragment from cross shaft arm junction with interlace and raised flat fillets, from Tarbat, Ross and Cromarty
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, p 91. 
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