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1. Aycliffe

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-07-12
Date 12 July 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Durham
Townland Aycliffe
OSMapRef NZ 285225
Area England
GeneralContext Cross shaft, front view.
Location west end of north aisle inside the Church.
GeneralContext Stone type: medium- /coarse-grained massive yellow sandstone.
GeneralDescription Front of Cross shaft, south view.
GeneralDescription The shaft is divided into four panels.
GeneralDescription The first panel, at the top, has two creatures, possibly birds, which are intertwined.
GeneralDescription The second panel has three figures facing out, each standing in an identical posture with the right hand bent, arms across their chests and their feet turned to their right. Their heads are framed by joined haloes.
GeneralDescription The next panel is of eight-strand plain plait.
GeneralDescription The fourth panel is a Crucifixion scene. The cross is centrally placed. Christ stands upright and facing out with his head turned left. He is wearing a tunic-like garment. Above the arms of the Cross are the sun and moon, the moon is on the left and the sun on the right. Below the Cross, on either side, are the figures of the sponge-bearer and the cup-bearer. They are both in crouching positions with their legs braced on either side of the shafts they hold.

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