Cross shaft fragment
Lower end of a cross shaft. On the front is a panel of interlace with four vertical rows of rings. This type of interlace pattern, consisting of simple plaited strands bound together by free rings was particularly popular at Whithorn. They give the impression of rather complicated interlace but are simpler to accomplish. On the back are 2 knots separated by a cable moulding. The strands of both faces are emphasised by a central groove, but only the reverse uses the stopped-plait style. This stone belongs to the period before the ‘Whithorn school’ style became fixed. At this time sculptors had begun using interlace, but were still experimenting with styles. This stone has been decorated with different designs, rather than a single panel of one design. It is one of only three from Whithorn to use cable moulding. On display in the Whithorn Priory Museum, Dumfries and Galloway.
400 x 350 x 120mm