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Lonan Cross Slab

Period: Early Medieval

NGR Easting: 242740

NGR Northing: 479365

Description: A fine wheel-headed cross standing in its original position. The base of the cross is inserted through a slot cut in a slab laid flat on the ground. The stone is carved on one face, bearing an equal-limbed cross and a ring with wide borders, set on a short, broad shaft. Circular hollows mark the junction of the arms.

The cross and shaft are filled with plait-work, and edged with single or double bead-moulding. The ring which circles the cross is divided into three bands, separated by projecting borders; the inner and outer rings are decorated with further interlace, while the central band contains knots formed from pairs of intertwined chain links. The upper part of the cross shaft is decorated with four bands of plait-work.

The design used on this cross is very similar to that on Braddan 72 suggesting that the carver of one may have been familiar with the other, or may have been responsible for both.

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Site & Monument Type: cross

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: Manx Cross 73


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