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Iona, Iona Abbey, museum. View of Early Christian cross-slab formerly at Nunnery.

AG 8935

Description Iona, Iona Abbey, museum. View of Early Christian cross-slab formerly at Nunnery.

Date 1978

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number AG 8935

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 373656

Scope and Content Cross-slab from Iona, Argyll and Bute Iona is one of the most important religious sites in Scotland. The earliest community was formed by St Columba who came over from Ireland around AD 563. This was replaced by the Benedictine Abbey and Augustinian Nunnery in about AD 1200. This view shows a roughly rectangular slab of stone, the corners of which have been damaged. The cross is in-filled with an interlace design. This cross-slab was first recorded as being in the Nunnery. It is now in the Abbey Museum (No 41). A number of early Christian cross-incised stones and cross-slabs have been found on Iona. They were probably grave-markers, or possibly boundary-markers, with those decorated on both sides standing upright, and the rest being recumbent. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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