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Pictish Cross Slab from Invergowrie Church
This is a Pictish cross slab, carved in the 9th century. For many years the slab was built into a window opening of an old ruined church at Invergowrie in Perthshire.
The front of the slab has a ringed cross filled with interlace, and four panels of key pattern in the corners. The top edge is decorated with key pattern and the sides with interlace.
The back has a panel of three figures, probably clerics, holding books. The central figure is holding an object resembling a censer, a container for burning incense. Below, biting each other’s tails, are two dragonlike beasts.
Museum reference X.IB 251
Date Late 9th century
Collection place Invergowrie Church, Angus, Scotland
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View the object record in the National Museums Scotland colections: http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collection-search-results/?item_id=167267
Photography and photogrammetry by Thomas Flynn / Sketchfab for National Museums Scotland.