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Reverse of Menmuir 1
Pictish Class III Cross Slab
from Menmuir, Angus, Scotland, late 9th-10th century
Description: View of reverse of Menmuir no.1 cross slab in Menmuir Parish Church.
Collection: Tom and Sybil Gray
Catalogue Number: SC 1433097
Category: On-line Digital Images
Copy of: B 80076
Accession Number: 2000/223
External Reference: 3643/1
Site Name: Menmuir Parish Church, Cross-slab
Classification: Cross Slab (Early Medieval)
Alternative Name: Menmuir No. 1
Canmore ID: 35132
Site Number: NO56SW 3.01
NGR NO: 5342 6436
Datum: OSGB36 - NGR
EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT
Menmuir 1 (St Aidan), Angus, Pictish cross-slab
Measurements: H 1.11m, W 0.48m, D 0.14m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: NO 5343 6436
Present location: Meffan Museum, Forfar
Evidence for discovery: found before 1844 in the kirkyard wall (Chalmers 1848, pl 17).
Present condition: worn.
Description: This rectangular slab is carved in low relief on both sides within a plain flat-band border. Face A bears a cross framed by a roll moulding, which fills the area within the border. It has wide rounded armpits and a central roundel; the arms are filled with debased key pattern and the expanded base of the shaft with somewhat uncertain interlace (the carving on the rest of the shaft has been worn away). Traces of a frontal figure flank the shaft on the right. Face C is dominated by two riders on horseback, wearing pleated or striped costumes, circular shields and swords, and the upper (and slightly larger) rider has a spear. Both are in profile as their mounts trot towards the left. Behind the lower horse is a small figure in a tunic with a hem decorated with key pattern, who brandishes a knobbed club in his right hand. Above the upper rider is a giant prawn on the left and an animal with a long neck and legs folded beneath it on the right.
Date range: ninth century.
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