|Máirín Mac Carron
|26 July 2002
|Cross head fragment.
|64cm (25.25'') high, 84.5cm (33.25'') wide, and 15.9cm (6.25'') thick.
|Stone type: coarse-grained, massive yellow/grey sandstone.
|Cross head fragment, dated to second quarter of eleventh century.
|In the centre of the cross head there is what seems to be a baptism scene. The figure in the centre is holding up a long-handled
object with a circular end in his left hand. To the right, bending in front of him is a side-facing figure, whose hand is
held below his chin as though he is praying. On the left there is a three-quarter frontal figure who is holding a book in
his right hand.
|On the upper arm there is a bird on a perch. Its wings are displayed and its tail is prominently fanned. Its head is turned
to the left, and it may have something in its beak. There is a detached human head to the right of its head, and an angular
crescent to the left.
|On the left arm there are two frontal figures. The one on the left has an exaggerated right shoulder, and in his right hand
is holding a shafted cross. He has a book in his left hand. To the right there is a smaller, more indistinct, figure, who
is holding a book in both hands. The right arm is a mirror image of the left, except for an additional triangular feature
in relief between the inner figure and the roundel.