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1. Bewcastle

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-07-19
Date 19 July 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Cumberland
Townland Bewcastle
OSMapRef NY 565745
Area England
GeneralContext Stone shaft.
Location Bewcastle churchyard, south of west end of church.
GeneralContext Stone type: medium-grained yellow sandstone.
Dimensions 440 cm in height, 56 cm tapering to 40.5 cm in width, and 54 to 28 cm in depth.
GeneralDescription View of central panel on west face of stone shaft, dated to the first half of the eighth century.
GeneralDescription This panel depicts Christ in Majesty. The panel is round-headed and edged on the sides by fine roll mouldings. It encloses a standing frontal figure, who is identified as Christ by the runic inscription above this panel. He is standing on the heads of two beasts. His face is surrounded by a large halo, which may have faint cruciform incisions. He wears a long garment which covers his shoulders and possibly has an under-tunic. These garments hang in heavy folds to his ankles. The animal heads that he is standing on come from the opposite corners at the base of the panel and their muzzles touch in the centre.

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