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Monifieth

Cross Slab (Pictish), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Monifieth

Classification Cross Slab (Pictish), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Monifieth, St Regulus' Church

Canmore ID 33408

Site Number NO43SE 25.01

NGR NO 4953 3235

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Monifieth (Angus)
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District City Of Dundee
  • Former County Angus

EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT

Monifieth 1 (St Regulus), Angus, cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 0.76m, W 0.37m, D 0.09m

Stone type: grey sandstone

Place of discovery: NO 4953 3235

Present location: National Museums Scotland (X.IB.26)

Evidence for discovery: discovered in the foundations of the medieval church when it was demolished in 1812, and built into the wall of the new church. It was given to NMAS in 1871.

Present condition: areas of wear on face A and missing its basal portion.

Description

A compact cross-slab, this is carved in relief within a flat-band border on both broad faces. Face A bears a cross with squared arm-terminals and a square centre to the head, which is bordered by a plain moulding and filled with diagonal key pattern. The background to the cross is plain. Face C bears three Pictish symbols and part of a fourth, apparently arranged to respect a substantial vertical groove. The symbols include a decorated double disc, a decorated double disc and Z-rod, a double-sided bone comb and an arc which is probably part of a mirror. Narrow face B also has a long vertical groove, which suggests that the slab was designed as a shrine corner-post (John Borland).

Date range: eighth or ninth century.

Primary references: Neish 1872, 73; ECMS pt 3, 228-9; Fraser 2008, no 66.1.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2018

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External Reference (1980)

NO43SE 25.1 4953 3235

No. 1 is an upright cross-slab measuring 0.72m x 0.36m x 0.15m. It bears a cross on the front face. The reverse is decorated with the comb and two double-disc symbols intersected with the Z-rod. In the RMS(NMAS) Acc.no. IB 26.

Information from R Jones 1980.

Reference (1997)

Two Class II symbol stones:

Monifieth 1: Cross on face with on the reverse a double-disc above a comb and double-disc and Z-rod.

Monifieth 2: On the reverse a female figure with crescent and V-rod and deer's head above.

A Mack 1997.

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