Sandstone, cross slab with head broken off. Interlace cross with Pictish symbols.

Face a

The rectangular slab tapers slightly towards the top. The vertical edges have a plain flat band moulding. The bottom edge of the carved field curves in the centre to follow the scrolled base of the cross. Latin cross with circular armpits (ECMS, 1, pt.II, 51, Type 101a). The shaft is edged by a flat band moulding, forming a pair of spirals at the foot. It is divided into three panels, the upper interlace work No. 610 affords a good example of a pattern derived from an eight-cord plait by making cruciform breaks in the middle; the middle panel, a diagonal key pattern, No. 967, and at the bottom, a spiral ornament No. 1054.

On the left of the cross is a mirror with raised handle and border but sunken face. Below this is a faintly discernible double-sided comb, noted by Laing (1854, 295).

On the right of the cross is a serpent and Z-rod symbol. The serpent is quite fat and flat, its head seen from above, with bulging circular eyes. The Z-rod is placed stiffly vertical instead of on the diagonal. It has trefoil terminals.

Below, a raptor faces the cross. It has a sharply curved beak and circular head with circlar eye. Its flush of tail feathers overlaps the margin of the slab. It has three-clawed feet.

These four symbols are placed with generous amounts of space between them leaving bare areas at the top and bottom of the panel. These is sophistication in the way the spirals at the bottom and the eagle’s tail feathers cut into the frame.

The central-left part of the slab is more worn than the rest, probably witness to its later use in the east tower.

Face b

smooth, blank

Face c

rough, laminated, blank

Face d

broken in a laminated step. Two dowel holes on upper edge

Details

Date Made
8th century
Dimensions
h 1025mm (h 3' 4 3/8")
Property Information
St Vigeans
Object Number
VIG002
Access Status
Display

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