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Iona, Iona Abbey Museum. View of Early Christian cross-shaft fragment, formerly in the Reilig Odhrain.

AG 6346

Description Iona, Iona Abbey Museum. View of Early Christian cross-shaft fragment, formerly in the Reilig Odhrain.

Date 1974

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number AG 6346

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 369824

Scope and Content Fragment of a free-standing 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 around AD 1200. As well as the named free-standing crosses, such as St Martin's Cross and St John's Cross, there are a number of fragments of lesser crosses on Iona. Many of these are on display in the Abbey Museum and the Nunnery Museum. This is a view of one face of a cross-shaft found in Reilig Odhrain. The carving comprises a pair of figures under a third. This third figure may be seated on a throne, or more likely has wings and represents an angel. It is in the Abbey Museum (No 21) Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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