Section of a stone cross

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From Aberlady, East Lothian

Postcard of Section of a stone cross.
© National Museums Scotland

Section of a stone cross

This section of a sculptured cross was found in 1863, built into the wall of a manse garden at Aberlady. The decoration shows clear Northumbrian influence. It was carved between 700 and 800.

The narrower sides of the shaft both carry a simple vine scroll. Vine scroll patterns were introduced into Northumbrian monasteries in the late 7th century by continental architects and masons.

Christianity was introduced to Scotland after the Romans had left. Different traditions of Christianity developed in different areas, often influencing one another. The Anglian church from Northumbria spread into south-eastern and south-western Scotland.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-224-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 298
Date: 7th or 8th century
Between 700 and 800
Material: Stone; sculptured; on the front two panels, one with entwined animals, the other with an angel; on the back a panel with four entwined birds and part of another panel filled with key pattern
Dimensions: 1460 mm H x 190 mm L x 210 mm W
What: Cross shaft / portion
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Aberlady
Description: Part of an Anglo-Saxon sculptured cross shaft with two panels in the front, one with entwined animals, the other with an angel, from Aberlady, 7th or 8th century
  • Close-Brooks, J. & Stevenson, R.B.K. Dark Age Sculpture. Edinburgh: HMSO, 1982 
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