Cross shaft

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from Monifieth, Angus

Postcard of Cross shaft.
© National Museums Scotland

Cross shaft

This sandstone cross shaft, missing its upper part, is one of several sculptured stones found at the old church at Monifieth in Angus. It was carved sometime between 800 and 1000.

This picture shows the back of the cross. It was carved with an interlace pattern. At the bottom is a backwards-biting animal.

The early Christian sculptures in Pictland generally have a cross as the central motif, but also have Pictish symbols from the pre-Christian period and/or secular scenes. As time went on, the use of Pictish symbols declined.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-002-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 25
Date: Between 800 and 1000
Material: Stone; sculptured; Crucifixion in relief
Dimensions: 1592 mm H (including plinth) x 180 mm L x 290 mm W
What: Cross shaft / portion
Where: Scotland, Angus, Monifieth
Description: Portion of sculptured cross shaft with part of the crucified figure of Christ, from Monifieth
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, p 265. 
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