|Máirín Mac Carron
|25 July 2002
|Cross Shaft fragment.
|Upper Room of Anchorage at Chester-le-Street.
|88.5cm (34.9'') high, 26.6cm (10.5'') wide, and 21cm (8.25'') deep.
|Stone Type: medium-/coarse-grained, massive pale yellow sandstone.
|Cross shaft fragment, dated to late ninth century. The shaft has four distinct areas.
|Panel at the top of the shaft: this has two animal heads growing from a common neck. They are of the canine type and their
mouths are open showing their tongues. The beast on the left is licking the ear of the horse on the next panel, below. The
beast on the right has a prominent fang.
|The next panel has a man on horseback. He is riding to the left. He is carrying a round shield with a small central boss,
which covers his entire body from his neck to his feet. He also appears to wear a rounded cap.
|The third panel has a motif formed from a closed circuit strand forming four loops which are threaded through with two circles,
making a form of ring-knot.
|This panel has a motif formed by a split plait, threaded through by a single circle.