|Máirín Mac Carron
|20 September 2002
|Cross Shaft fragments.
|Font base in Rothbury Church.
|Stone type: Coarse-grained, massive yellow sandstone.
|Cross Shaft fragments, dated to early ninth century, lower fragment.
|This is thought to represent a scene in Hell. Humans and small animals are struggling in the coils of reptiles. The pair of
reptiles at the top of the panel reach down to gnaw at two small quadrupeds. The quadrupeds' heads are underneath the tails
of a second pair of reptiles. These reptiles reach down to bite the necks of two larger quadrupeds rearing up from below.
They are biting the tails of those reptiles.
|At the top of the panel in space between the reptiles there is a small cat-like head.