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1. Kildalton

RecordAuthor Orla Murphy
ISODate 2002-06-10
Date 10 June 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Argyll and Bute
Townland Kildalton
OSMapRef NR 460509 (146055, 650925)
Area Scotland
GeneralContext General View of High Cross (front)
Location Old Church at Kildalton, east coast of the island of Islay
GeneralContext Stone type:
Dimensions 8'8" high by 4'4" wide across the arms and 8" wide at the sides.
GeneralDescription Front is divided into 9 panels
GeneralDescription Centre of cross head: a raised boss with zoomorphic decoration, on a background of interlace, all within a circular medallion
GeneralDescription Top arm: pair of angels above Daniel / Samson breaking the jaw of the lion. Old Testament. Daniel. 1 Samuel 17:34.
GeneralDescription Left arm: Abraham prepares to sacrifice Isaac (?) Old Testament. Genesis 22.7. Narrow part of left arm depicts birds eating from a vine.
GeneralDescription Right arm: The Sacrifice of Isaac. Old Testament. Genesis 22.7. Narrow part of right arm has 4 bosses, on a background of serpents.
GeneralDescription Lower arm: Virgin and Child, under an arch that is supported by 2 angels.
Shaft Spiral decoration and symmetrical bosses.

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