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What remains of this great cross is a richly carved shaft featuring elements of Pictish and Biblical imagery. On the right-hand side of the intertwined lower parts there is a figure like a fish in shape, from its head on the left-hand side there rises a lacertine monster, whose body curves over towards the other side of the stone, and curves back again to the left side. Its open mouth fits on to the top of the human head like a cap. A similar monster rises from the human head on the right-hand side, and its body curves over to the left side and back again to the right, crossing and then passing under the other. These gradually diminish in thickness, and their tails are intertwined. They have short legs and three-toed feet. On the highest coil of one of these monsters a human foot is planted. The ankle and the lower part of a tunic are also quite plain. Much of the outline of one side of this human figure is visible. High up in front of the man there is a lion, whose curled tail touches one of the man’s elbows. two other animals below. The subject is 'Daniel in the lions’ den'.
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9th Century-10th Century
2286 x 508mm
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