Cross (fragment)

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from Gattonside, Melrose

Postcard of Cross (fragment).
© National Museums Scotland

Cross (fragment)

This fragment of a sandstone cross was found at Gattonside in Melrose. It is carved in a style of decoration typical of 8th century Northumbrian sculpture, and is evidence of the spread of Christianity from this region.

The picture shows the side of the cross fragment. It was carved with a diagonal key pattern, now quite worn.

After the introduction of Christianity, architectural features, shrines and especially crosses were carved from stone. Many, like this example, are decorated with patterns which are also found on metalwork and in manuscripts.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-099-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 52
Date: 700 - 800
Between 700 and 800
Material: Sandstone, interlaced work
Dimensions: 7" x 9"
What: Cross shaft / fragment
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Gattonside
Description: Sandstone fragment of a cross shaft, with interlaced work, from Gattonside, Melrose, 700 - 800
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, pp 432-3. 
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