Volume I: County Durham and Northumberland

Select a site alphabetically from the choices shown in the box below. Alternatively, browse sculptural examples using the Forward/Back buttons.

Chapters for this volume, along with copies of original in-text images, are available here.

Current Display: Lindisfarne 24, Northumberland Forward button Back button
Overview
National Grid Reference of Place of Discovery
Present Location
Priory Muscum, Lindisfarne
Evidence for Discovery
Found in February 1915 in clearing out north transept of priory church. Not in situ
Church Dedication
No Dedication
Present Condition
Slightly damaged but unworn
Description

Only one face is carved.

A (broad): A median-incised cross of type F1 is mitred into a double-outlined frame. The centre of the cross is a circle with an inset centre. There are two inscriptions:

(a) Upper quadrants, in runes:

 os II gyþ

(b) Lower quadrants, in Anglo-Saxon capitals:

 +OS II GYÐ

This is an Old English feminine personal name.

Discussion

This is perhaps the best proportioned layout of all the Lindisfarne group. The lines are fine and crisp, and the cross well related to the frame. Both the runic and the Latin inscriptions are confident and well spaced. The way in which the cross-arms are mitred into the frame is paralleled on 25 and at Hartlepool (no. 7).

Date
Mid seventh to mid eighth century
References
Peers 1914-15, 134-5, fig. 2; Peers 1915-16; Browne 1916, 79-81, fig. on 79; Brown 1918-19, 204, fig. 5, 10-11; Brown 1921, 68; Peers 1923-4, 259, fig. 2; Collingwood 1927, 10-11, fig. 161; Kendrick and Hawkes 1932, 343, fig. 121; Friesen 1933, 52; Arntz 1938, 76, 89; Bæksted 1943, 44-5; Hodgkin 1952, 296 and fig.; Marquardt 1961, 92-3; Okasha 1971, 94-5, pl. 76; Page 1973, 104, 143-4, fig. on 104

Forward button Back button
mouseover