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Monuments: C

1. Chester-le-Street

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-07-25
Date 25 July 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Durham
Townland Chester-le-Street
OSMapRef NZ 275515
Area England
GeneralContext Cross Shaft fragment.
Location Upper Room of Anchorage at Chester-le-Street.
Dimensions 88.5cm (34.9'') high, 26.6cm (10.5'') wide, and 21cm (8.25'') deep.
GeneralContext Stone Type: medium-/coarse-grained, massive pale yellow sandstone.
GeneralDescription Cross shaft fragment, dated to late ninth century. The shaft has four distinct areas.
GeneralDescription Panel at the top of the shaft: this has two animal heads growing from a common neck. They are of the canine type and their mouths are open showing their tongues. The beast on the left is licking the ear of the horse on the next panel, below. The beast on the right has a prominent fang.
GeneralDescription The next panel has a man on horseback. He is riding to the left. He is carrying a round shield with a small central boss, which covers his entire body from his neck to his feet. He also appears to wear a rounded cap.
GeneralDescription The third panel has a motif formed from a closed circuit strand forming four loops which are threaded through with two circles, making a form of ring-knot.
GeneralDescription This panel has a motif formed by a split plait, threaded through by a single circle.

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