Back of a cross slab

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From Culbinsgarth, Bressay, Shetland

Postcard of Back of a cross slab.
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Back of a cross slab

This is the back of the cross slab from Culbinsgarth on Bressay in Shetland. The slab is probably a copy of another Shetland stone from Papil on the Island of Burra. It was carved sometime between 800 and 1000.

The back has an irregular circle cross composed of interlaced bands. The cross is surrounded by a ribbon interlace incorporating strands which divide and interlaced rings.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-208-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 109
Date: 9th or 10th century
Between 800 and 1000
Material: Stone; sculptured with interlaced work and figures on both sides; ogham inscriptions on both edges
Dimensions: 1640 mm H x 60 mm L x 420 mm W
What: Cross slab
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Bressay
Description: Cross slab sculptured with interlaced work and figures on both sides and ogham inscriptions on both edges, from Bressay, Shetland, 9th or 10th century
  • Close-Brooks, J. & Stevenson, R. B. K. Dark Age Sculpture. Edinburgh: HMSO, 1982 
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