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South aisle capitals, Adam and Eve

SC 365744

Description South aisle capitals, Adam and Eve

Date 1994

Catalogue Number SC 365744

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 17519 CT

Scope and Content South choir-arcade at Iona Abbey, Argyll and Bute The Benedictine abbey at Iona was built around AD 1200 on the site of St Columba's earlier monastery. It was altered and partly rebuilt in the 13th century and again in the 15th century. It became derelict after the Reformation of 1560. This capital comes from the arcade of the south choir-aisle. The relief-carving shows Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The serpent is coiled around the tree, and on the right is an angel. The angel is expelling them from the garden. The south choir-aisle was first built in the early 13th century when the choir was extended. Later the same century, it formed part of the large south-east transept. It was rebuilt during the 15th century, along with most of the south side of the church. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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