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Decription of stone

Event ID 1010268

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/event/1010268

Abernethy 8 (?St Bridget), Perthshire, ?cross-shaft fragment

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Present location: lost

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Description

From the photograph in Butler 1897, this appears to be the upper part of a cross-shaft, carved in relief with a plain roll moulding and figural ornament. It is very worn and appears to have been trimmed for re-use as a building stone. One broad face is shown in the photograph. It bears a horse and barely discernible rider, the horse with its head tucked down and a large oval eye. Below the horse’s body is a mesh of legs ending in eight feet, four facing forwards and four backwards (Odin’s horse, Sleipnir?). There are traces of interlace above the horse and figures below its feet but they are too defaced to identify.

Date: tenth century

References: Butler 1897, pl 7; Proudfoot 1997, 51 (no 7).

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

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