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The Forms Of Two Crosses On Pictish Cross-Slabs: Rossie Priory, Perthshire And Glamis No. 2

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The crosses on the front of the cross-slab of Rossie Priory, Perthshire and that of Glamis no. 2 afford an excellent exercise in recovering essential plans for major artefacts of Insular art. They are two of a kind in provenance, in style, in the designs backgrounding the cross forms, even in the notably identical patterns of interlace encircled at the intersection of upright and arms. This chapter proposes to add one item, called here 'coherent geometry', to the inventory of elements of two Pictish cross plans. This geometry is associated with the early Insular tradition, based primarily on the study of symbols by Robert B. K. Stevenson in F. T. Wainwright's The Problem of the Picts. The Glamis no. 2 cross has a differently disposed set of vertical and horizontal extensions from its centre. The lengths of the arms are slightly unequal, following the limits of the slab.

Keywords: F. T. Wainwright; Glamis no. 2 cross; Pictish cross-slabs



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