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1. Iona, St. Martin's Cross. West Face, detailed view of Abraham and Isaac panel, with top of David's head.

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 High Cross
Location SW angle of the nave of the abbey church
GeneralContext Stone type: Epidiorite
Dimensions 4.3 m high, 0.67 m wide, 0.26 m thick.
GeneralDescription West face of St. Martin's Cross tapering in width towards the top.
West W4 Musician seated with harp, facing kneeling figure with multiple pipe, small triangular object at foot of panel. David and his musicians/ David playing the harp? Psalms. Old Testament. I Sam. 16:19.
West W5 central figure "wig" like hair carries sword on right shoulder, touches figure on right with his left hand, between them is a rectangular shape (altar?) smaller figure fills space on left. Sacrifice of Isaac. Old Testament. Gen. 22:7.

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  2. Allen, J. R., Anderson, J., The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, Pinkfoot Press, Balgavies, Angus (1993) Descriptions, Stone, Sculpture, Monuments, Scotland.