Cross slab

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from Reay, Caithness

Postcard of Cross slab.
© National Museums Scotland

Cross slab

This cross slab was found at the old parish church at Reay in Caithness, reused in the south wall of the church. All four sides of the monolith were carved sometime between 800 and 1000.

This picture shows one side of the monolith. It is decorated with three loops of a running spiral. The stone is broken off at the bottom.

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

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Online ID: 000-190-001-003-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 267
Date: Between 800 and 1000
Material: Sandstone, reddish; sculptured in flat relief; lowest part missing
Dimensions: 1220 mm H x 240 mm L x 270 mm W
What: Cross shaft
Where: Scotland, Caithness, Reay Parish Church
Description: Cross shaft of reddish sandstone sculptured in flat relief, found in 1947 built into the south wall of Reay Parish Church, Caithness
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