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RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-07-30
Date 30 July 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Durham
Townland Durham
OSMapRef NZ 275425
Area England
GeneralContext Cross head fragment.
Location Durham Cathedral.
Dimensions 55.2cm (21.75'') high, 52cm (20.5'') wide, and 16cm (6.25'') thick.
GeneralContext Stone type: coarse-grained, massive yellow/grey sandstone.
GeneralDescription Cross head fragment, dated to second quarter of eleventh century.
GeneralDescription In the centre of the cross there is a baptism scene. The figure in the centre is holding up a long-handled object with a circular end in his left hand. The figure on the right is bending in front of him, and is possibly praying. The figure on the left is smaller.
GeneralDescription On the left arm there are two figures. The one on the left has an exaggerated right shoulder and is holding a cross shaft in his right hand. The figure on the right is smaller.
GeneralDescription On the lower arm there is a lion-like creature enmeshed by a serpent. The serpent is biting the back of the leonine creature's neck and its body is coiled between the beast's front legs, and knotted with its tail. The leonine creature's front leg is raised.

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