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1. Nunburnholme

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-09-17
Date 17 September 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County East Yorkshire
Townland Nunburnholme.
OSMapRef SE 855485
Area England
GeneralContext Cross shaft in two pieces, east.
Location Church at Nunburnholme.
GeneralContext Stone type: Fine-grained, dolomitic, white limestone.
Dimensions upper piece, 76.4cm (30") high, 28.2cm to 31.6cm (11" to 12.5") wide, and 17cm to 29.5cm (6.75" to 11.5") in depth. Lower piece, 84.5cm (33.25") high, 34.7cm to 38.4cm (13.7" to 15") wide, and 30cm to 30.5cm (11.75" to 12") in depth.
GeneralDescription Cross shaft in two pieces, dated to late ninth century or early tenth century. East view.
GeneralDescription The broad horizontal band at the top of the shaft is roughly dressed.
GeneralDescription The top panel is a frieze of two angels, their heads placed on each corner, and each stretching an arm diagonally down to the arched head of the panel below.
GeneralDescription The edge mouldings on the lower panel are broad and flat.
GeneralDescription Within the arched panel there is a seated figure in profile. He is sitting on a small stool and facing left. His left hand is holding the hilt of a large sword with a sub-triangular pommel and a straight guard. There is what may have been intended as a hat on his head.
GeneralDescription The edge mouldings of the lower piece are broad and flat.
GeneralDescription In this panel there are the remains of a large figure, its head is gone. There are two long-tailed birds, with missing heads, perching on its round shoulders. The lower part of his body and legs are enclosed in a rectangular frame. The figure's cupped hands enclose the scalps of two smaller figures below him. These are both looking out, and their hands are grasping the vertical lines of the rectangular frame. This has been identified as a Crucifixion scene.

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