A fragment of a Pictish symbol-bearing slab with carving in relief from Mail, Cunningsburgh, Shetland

Anna Ritchie (Author)


Keyword(s):
Frame, Carved Stone, Carving, Double Disc, symbol-bearing slab, Pictish
Location(s):
Mail; Cunningsburgh; Shetland; Scotland; UK
Period(s):
Pictish, medieval

Abstract


A fragment of carved stone found in March 2008 is considered likely to be part of a Pictish cross-slab of eighth- to tenth-century date. It bears a double disc and Z-rod within a frame and part of an interlace design, carved in incision and low relief. This is the fifth symbol-bearing monument known from Shetland and the only one to bear this particular symbol. Each disc is infilled with a cross of arcs, but it is uncertain whether this is purely decoration or whether it has Christian meaning.

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Published
30-11-2009
How to Cite
Ritchie, A. (2009). A fragment of a Pictish symbol-bearing slab with carving in relief from Mail, Cunningsburgh, Shetland. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 138, 185-192. Retrieved from http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/9722
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