|Máirín Mac Carron
|30 July 2002
|Cross head (complete).
|61.5cm (24.5'') high, 67cm (26.25'') wide, and 15.2cm (6'') thick.
|Stone type: coarse-grained, massive yellow sandstone.
|Complete Cross head, dated to eleventh century.
|In the centre of the head enclosed in an irregular circular roll moulding is a quadruped. Its front leg is raised. Behind
it there is a shafted cross set in a rectangular base with grooved mouldings. Above the animal's back there is a circular
feature with a small central depression. It is suggested that the animal is the 'agnus dei', the Lamb of God.
|On the horizontal arms there are two registers of interlaced pattern.
|In the upper arm there is a composition of two canines. Their tails are joined in a knot; their ear extensions interlink with
their pointed front legs, and their back legs coil up and over their bodies.
|In what remains of the lower arm there is the upper half of a composition that has an animal with a canine head struggling
in the coils of a snake. The snake's jaws grip the animal's ear.