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Jarlshof 9 Description of stone

Event ID 1015588

Category Descriptive Accounts



Jarlshof 9, Shetland, portable cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 70mm, W 75mm

Stone type: slate

Place of discovery: HU 3976 0964

Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (HSA 4109).

Evidence for discovery: found during excavations in 1936 on the paved floor of a secondary entrance into hut 2 on the western edge of the settlement.

Present condition: all four edges are broken but the surviving carving is good.


This fragment is incised on one face with an elaborate cross, of which the terminal of the right side-arm is missing. The arms are ornamented with two pairs of spirals and terminate in triangles ornamented with three spirals. The shaft appears to be slightly shorter than the arms and has a single pair of spirals and an open triangular pedestal foot.

Date: seventh century.

References: Hamilton 1956, 88; O’Meadhra 1993, 430-1; Scott & Ritchie 2014, 190-1, illus 10.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

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