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Monuments: I

1. Iona, St. John's Cross, west view.

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-06-07
Date 7 June 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Argyll, Isle of Mull
Townland Iona
OSMapRef NM 285242 (128525, 724212)
Area Scotland
GeneralContext Ringed Cross.
Location Originally stood west from the small chapel known as 'St.Columba's Shrine' and north-west from the west door of the abbey church.
GeneralContext Stone type: chlorite-schist
Dimensions cross is now 5.3 m high, width tapers from 0.54 m at the bottom to 0.48 m at the top, and thickness from 0.26 m to 0.22 m.
GeneralDescription West view of large, ringed, decorated cross.
GeneralDescription The West face of the shaft is divided into four panels. The lowest has bosses and voluted trumpet-spirals. The next has a diagonal grid of serpent's bodies with various types of heads. The third panel has bossed spirals, with animal designs and voluted trumpet-spirals. The top panel has serpent and boss ornament.
GeneralDescription The Cross head has a circular recess, and curvilinear design with voluted trumpet-spirals.

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