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Cross-incised grave-marker LAPIS ECHODI (Iona no.22). View of face.

B 99831 CS

Description Cross-incised grave-marker LAPIS ECHODI (Iona no.22). View of face.

Catalogue Number B 99831 CS

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 450145, G 83777 S

Scope and Content Gravemarker, Iona, Argyll and Bute In western Scotland carved stones and place-name elements such as Cill ('church' or 'burial-ground') provide evidence of early Christian activity. Columba had established a church on Iona in the 6th century. This gravemarker, probably dating to the 7th century, bears the Chi-rho monogram, a symbol of Christ. It consists of a compass-drawn cross with expanded arms, having the small hook, like a P, (the rho) attached to its upper arm. Along the top edge of the stone are the Latin words: LAPIS ECHODI, which mean the stone of Echoid. The old Irish name Echoid was a common one, being that of one of the traditional companions of Columba and also of several kings of Dál Riata. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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