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Early medieval sculpture from the Faroes: An illustrated catalogue

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This chapter focuses on western Scottish sculpture published in 2001. It provides attention to the remarkable similarity between Kermode's unprovenanced slab in Copenhagen and another at the Hebridean monastic site of Iona. The chapter discusses a brief classification of the carvings, with references to Irish and Scottish comparisons, in the Viking Congress paper on 'Cross-currents in North Atlantic Sculpture'. It also discusses early medieval sculpture from the Faroes with illustration. Encircled linear cross stone is now preserved in the massive stone-built undercroft of the medieval bishop's palace, below the timber hall or roykstova. Kermode published a photograph of a slab in Copenhagen, 'of uncertain provenance' but said to be of basalt like 'the other Faroe slabs'. It bears an outline Latin cross in a circle, which closely resembles that on a stone on Iona.

Keywords: early medieval sculpture; Faroes; Kermode



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