Kilmacduagh Cross Slab

Cross Slab in St Mary's Church

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Cross inscribed slab with decorated terminals and centre device.
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Duplex knot
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Left and right terminal with interlace
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Fretwork on upper and lower terminal
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This highly ornate Early Christian slab is fixed into the north wall of St Mary’s medieval Church at Kilmacduagh, Co. Galway. It bears an equal armed cross with rectangular terminals and a square central decorated with a combination of intricate interlace, knotwork and fret pattern. It is contained within a two-lined frame. It is the only early cross slab recorded here, though given the prominence of the site as an important Early Christian monastery there is likely to be more not yet discovered. Material such as this often gets reused in the masonry of later churches.

This slab is published in Higgins, J. G. 1987 The Early Christian Cross Slabs, Pillars Stones and Related Monuments of County Galway. 2. Vols. BAR International Series 375.

This page was added on 17/04/2016.

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