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1. Lowther

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-09-13
Date 13 September 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Cumbria.
Townland Lowther.
OSMapRef NY 535235
Area England
GeneralContext Hogback.
Location Church porch (inside) at Lowther.
GeneralContext Stone type: Coarse-grained red sandstone.
Dimensions 158.7cm (62.4'') in length, 32cm (12.6'') maximum width, and 59cm (23.2'') maximum depth.
GeneralDescription Hogback, dated to the tenth century.
GeneralDescription There is a figural scene on the side of this hogback, set over the coiling body of a serpent, whose head is at the left. There is a boat above the serpent's head with eight warriors, whose shields are slung over the gunwales. Between the snake and the boat there is a fish with a dorsal fin.
GeneralDescription In the centre of the stone, to the right of the boat, there is half a figure. This is surrounded by fragments of key pattern.
GeneralDescription To the figure's right there is a row of warriors, eight or possibly ten, carrying round shields.
GeneralDescription This scene is thought to illustrate an episode from Scandinavian mythology or history.

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