|Máirín Mac Carron
|1 August 2002
|Cross, west view.
|churchyard at Gosforth.
|442cm (174'') high.
|Stone type: medium-grained red sandstone.
|West view of Cross shaft, dated to the first half of the tenth century.
|The top part of the shaft is decorated with a full-length panel bordered by a roll moulding. At the top there is an animal's
head. There is a form of ring chain, executed in double strands attached to this. This links to two parallel strips of three-strand
plain plait below. These both end in downward-biting zoomorphic heads, identical to the animal at the top of the panel.
|Below the heads there is a staff held horizontally across the panel by a human figure who is also horizontal as he is depicted
as standing on the left-hand moulding. He is holding a horn in his outstretched left hand.
|Below this figure there is an upside down horseman. His left hand is on the horse's neck and his outstretched right arm holds
a spear behind the horse.
|At the bottom of the panel set into a curved part there is a human figure lying down with arms and legs in manacles. There
is a cord around his neck that is knotted with a snake whose head is set above him. Over the man there is a kneeling, pigtailed,
woman holding out a bowl.