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Iona, Iona Abbey Museum and Nunnery Museum. Plan of various fragments of free-standing crosses

SC 378779

Description Iona, Iona Abbey Museum and Nunnery Museum. Plan of various fragments of free-standing crosses

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 378779

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AGD 527/58

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. This drawing shows a cross-shaft that is Scandinavian in style. One face bears an irregular interlace design and a dragon. The other has a ship with a group of figures. A dolphin-like creature is carved on one side. It is now in the Abbey Museum (No 49). This stone is definitely Scandinavian in style, with the poor interlace design common in later Scandinavian ornament. One theory is that it was erected as a memorial to Godfred, King of Man, who was buried on Iona in 1187, but this is unlikely. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/378779

Collection Hierarchy - Item Level

Collection Level (551 1) RCAHMS

Group Level (551 1/4) National Survey Programmes

>> Sub-Group Level (551 1/4/1) County Inventory Programme

>>> Sub-Group Level (551 1/4/1/21) Argyllshire Inventory, Volume 4, Iona (1982)

>>>> Item Level (SC 378779) Iona, Iona Abbey Museum and Nunnery Museum. Plan of various fragments of free-standing crosses

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