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Iona Abbey museum No.42. Fragment of runic inscribed slab. I Fisher 2001, p.130 (69).

AG 604

Description Iona Abbey museum No.42. Fragment of runic inscribed slab. I Fisher 2001, p.130 (69).

Date 1965

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number AG 604

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 378079

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 around AD 1200. The cross-slab is in the Abbey Museum (No 42). The cross is formed out of a double-ribbon interlace, with a square knot at the centre. Down one side is a runic inscription which reads 'Kali the son of Olvir laid this stone over his brother Fugl'. A number of early Christian cross-incised stones have been found on Iona. They were probably grave-markers, or possibly boundary-markers: those decorated on both sides stood upright, the rest having been recumbent. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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