“Date made: c.800 AD
Description: This piece of local slate has one of the finest carvings of its type and period. It is around one thousand years old and was discovered on the Calf of Man (the small Island to the South of the Manx mainland) in the 1700s. The stone is part of the central panel of an altar frontal. What happened to the other half of the panel is not known.
The carving shows Christ on the cross. The scene shows the robed figure of the still-living Christ – the eyes are open. To the left stands the spear-bearer. To the right, originally, would have been the sponge-bearer. Above the outstretched arms of Christ would have been two angels: the foot of one can just be seen.
The style of the carving tells us that the Isle of Man was being influenced by Irish and possibly Mediterranean religious art styles hundreds of years ago.
Measurements: overall: 65.3 cm x 24.8 cm x 3.5 cm
Date found: 1700
Object name: cross”
(Details and Image MNH imuseum)
AGS Celtic League (6th April 2023)