NN9224 : The Smaller Cross Slab, St. Bean's Church

taken 4 years ago, near to Fowlis Wester, Perth And Kinross, Great Britain

The Smaller Cross Slab, St. Bean's Church
The Smaller Cross Slab, St. Bean's Church
As if one Pictish cross-slab is not enough, this community had the good fortune to discover another when the church was restored in the 1920s. Information in the church explains that, "The area around Fowlis Wester must have been an important centre of Christianity from an early date, because another complete cross-slab, and two smaller fragments, were found when the church was being restored in 1927. The complete slab is particularly finely preserved, having been built into the church walls from perhaps as early as the thirteenth century. Flanking the top of the cross is a pair of fabulous beasts. Facing across the shaft is a pair of seated saints, and on the left side of the base is a pair of standing figures."

It is thought that the great gash on the right-hand side of the stone occurred after completion of the carving and that the sculptor has continued carving into the gash and then given up. When the slab was placed in the wall of the church, a space was left to protect the carved face.
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Date Taken
Monday, 26 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 30 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NN 9282 2408 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:23.8068N 3:44.2797W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NN 9281 2408
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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