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Cross at the West end of the ancient monastery of Oransay

Cross at the West end of the ancient monastery of Oransay

Artist: Miller, John Frederick

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1772

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15509

Item number: f.43

Length: 28

Width: 22

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Cross at the West end of the ancient monastery of Oransay, drawn by John Frederick Miller in 1772. Oronsay is a small Hebridian Island near Colonsay, and has a medieval priory. This Celtic cross is 3.67m and dates from the 15th century. This drawing shows the cross's west face. At the centre of the cross, there is a relief of a crucified Christ. Below it are five floral roundels. At the base of the shaft there is a Latin Inscription which reads "This is the cross of Colinus, son of Cristimus Macduffie". On the reverse side of the cross is another inscription which names the sculptor as Mael Sechlainn O Cuinn.

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