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Carved cross slab

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

This cross slab is similar to a number of tenth and eleventh century stones found in the Wigtownshire Machars.  The design is Hiberno-Norse and suggests contact with Viking in Ireland, the Western Isles and north-west England.  The Knock of Luce cross slab may have been a grave marker at a small chapel.

 

Incomplete cross slab (top missing).  It has been carved on one face with an equal armed cross decorated with a central boss and a triangular pattern inside the cross arms.  A narrow, concave neck seperates the head from the body which is decorated with two panels of geometric design.

Materials/Media:
Greywacke sandstone
Dimensions:
length 580mm, width 120mm, thickness 105mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 1964.92
Digital Number:
SRMO001n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council