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1. Iona, St. Oran's Cross, front of upper arm.

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-06-07
Date 7 June 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Argyll, Isle of Mull
Townland Iona
OSMapRef NM 285242 (128525, 724212)
Area Scotland
GeneralContext Broken remains of large ringless cross.
Location St. Oran's Chapel, now in Nunnery Museum.
GeneralContext Stone type: mica-granulite of reddish-grey colour
Dimensions 1.82 m was the height of the shaft, now broken in two, original width was about 0.55 m, maximum preserved thickness is 0.11 m.
GeneralDescription Front of upper arm of the shaft. Lower part of this shows two leonine beasts, set back-to-back, with their heads turned inwards. The ends of their tails are intertwined. Above these there are four roundels composed of small bosses and trumpet spirals, and serpent shapes.

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  2. Allen, J. R., Anderson, J., The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, Pinkfoot Press, Balgavies, Angus (1993) Descriptions, Stone, Sculpture, Monuments, Scotland.