Cross slab

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from Monifieth, Angus

Postcard of Cross slab.
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Cross slab

This sandstone cross slab is one of several found at the church at Monifieth in Angus. It was probably carved in the 9th century. It shows a fusion of native and Christian elements, with both secular and religious scenes depicted.

This side of the stone is decorated with a cross carved in relief and filled with interlace and spiral patterns.

With the introduction of Christianity, the Pictish symbols found on earlier carvings were incorporated into Christian sculptures. However, the cross became the most important part of the stone.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-236-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 27
Date: Between 800 and 900
Material: Sandstone, grey; cross on one side, figures and symbols on other
Dimensions: 840 mm H x 100 mm L x 310 mm W (Height includes plinth)
What: Slab
Where: Scotland, Angus, Monifieth
Description: Slab of grey sandstone with a cross on one side and figures and symbols on the other, from Monifieth
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, pp 229-30. 
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