|Máirín Mac Carron
|23 September 2002
|Cross Shafts, East view.
|Two Cross Shafts, East view. The larger cross is dated to the early ninth century. The smaller one is dated to the mid ninth
|North Cross (larger Cross): The remains of the Cross head has the lower part of a figure. At the top of the shaft there is
the remains of another panel which is difficult to identify. It is suggested that it is the Baptism of Christ, New Testament,
Matt 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; John 1:32.
|The next section of the shaft has three scenes. The first one is the Adoration of the Magi. The Virgin and Child are on the
left and one of the Magi is kneeling on the right, New Testament, Matthew 2. Below this there is a Crucifixion scene. The
four evangelist symbols are around the cross, two above and two below. Underneath these symbols there are two other figures,
identified as Saints John and Mary, New Testament, John 19:27. Below this there is a Nativity scene. The animals are around
|The next section has the Transfiguration at the top. Christ is in the centre, and Moses and Elijah are on either side of him,
New Testament, Matt 17; Mark 9:2; Luke 9:29; John 1:14. Below this under a circular arch there is a traditio legis scene.
This is Christ with Peter and Paul. Christ is in the centre and he is giving the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven to Peter (New
Testament, Matt 16:19), and the New Law to Paul.
|South Cross (smaller one): This has interlace and framed panels containing men and beasts.