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1. Durham

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 there is a Crucifixion scene, surrounded by the remains of a circular roll moulding. The figure of Christ is frontal. He is wearing a knee-length tunic. Below the cross arms there are two three-quarter length frontal figures. They both have haloes and both are holding books.
GeneralDescription On the right arm is a pair of crossed ribbon animals with canine heads.
GeneralDescription On the lower arm there are the figures of a man and a bird. The bird is standing on what appear to be human legs and feet, and is looking down at the man who is bent in the curve of a branch and holding the trunk of a tree that is between them. He is wearing a short pleated garment and his head is bent back.

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