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1. Nunnykirk

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-09-18
Date 18 September 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Northumberland.
Townland Nunnykirk.
OSMapRef NZ 085925
Area England
GeneralContext Cross shaft.
Location Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
GeneralContext Stone type: Coarse-grained, bedded yellow sandstone.
Dimensions 134.6cm (53'') high, 46cm to 35.5cm (18'' to 14'') wide, and 25.4cm to 17cm (10'' to 6.7'') deep.
GeneralDescription Cross shaft, dated to the beginning of the ninth century.
GeneralDescription The faces of the shaft are enclosed in a fine double roll moulding and the collar, which divides of the lower section, is grooved and there are five studs on this face.
GeneralDescription Above the collar there is a surviving portion of a tangled scroll with short triangular leaves.
GeneralDescription Below the collar the panel is covered by an inhabited scroll composed of two interlaced medallions. At the top there are four strands tied together in a bow.
GeneralDescription In the upper medallion there is a pair of birds. The birds are each displaying one wing.
GeneralDescription Between the two medallions there are four short triangular leaves with sunken centres.
GeneralDescription In the lower medallion there are two animals with canine heads. Their jaws are open and their tails are hooked around the scroll. One of the front legs of each creature crosses the other's.

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