Part of a stone cross

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Found at Hoddom, Dumfriesshire

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

Part of a stone cross

This is part of a cross, one of a group of fragmentary crosses found in the 19th century at Hoddom, Dumfriesshire on the site of a monastery. It was carved in a Northumbrian style between 700 and 800.

This side of the shaft is very similar to the fourth side. It has a bust of a saint or apostle holding a book in front of a building. The blank space beneath could have been intended for a painted inscription.

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: 000-190-001-227-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 9
Date: 7th or 8th century
Between 700 and 800
Material: Stone; figures in relief of saints under canopies
Dimensions: 1210 mm H (including plinth) x 170 mm L x 250 mm W
What: Cross / portion
Who: Jesus Christ
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Hoddam
Description: Portion of an Anglican stone cross-shaft with figures in relief of Christ and saints under canopies, from Hoddam, Dumfriesshire, 7th or 8th century
  • Close-Brooks, J. & Stevenson, R.B.K. Dark Age Sculpture. Edinburgh: HMSO, 1982 
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