Fragment of a cross

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From Lethnott, Angus

Postcard of Fragment of a cross.
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Fragment of a cross

This fragment of a sandstone cross was found at Lethnott in Angus. It dates from the 9th century.

This side of the fragment has carved ornament of spirals and interlace work in designs which can be paralleled on manuscripts and metalwork of the period. The other side has a Latin inscription.

Many of the artistic designs of the last third of the 1st millennium were adapted for different media. The Christian church had a major role in this process, commissioning manuscripts and ornate metalwork and erecting carved monuments.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-001-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 132
Date: Between 800 and 900
Material: Sandstone; double spiral and interlaced ornament carved on one side, inscription on other
Dimensions: 190 mm H x 50 mm L x 110 mm W
What: Cross / fragment
Where: Scotland, Angus, Lethnott
Description: Fragment of a sandstone cross carved on one side with a double spiral and interlaced ornament and inscribed on the other with Hiberno-Saxon lettering, from Lethnott, Angus
  • Allen, J.R. and Anderson, J. The early Christian Monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: publisher, 1903, p 262. 
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