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Govan Cross slab

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Govan Cross slab

The "Sun Stone" found at Govan Old Parish Church.

The stone is a cross slab, with a carved cross on one side above a depiction of an armed man mounted on an animal (presumably a horse). The reverse of the cross slab contains a version of the snake-and-boss motif found in early Christian sculpture, consisting of a depiction of snakes radiating from a boss - an image which some interpreted as a sun and its rays, hence the cross slab's popular title.

Reference: Glasgow University Library, Sp Coll Mu25 - x.6

Glasgow University Library, Special Collections

Keywords:
cross slabs, Govan Old Parish Church, horsemen, sculptires, snake-and-boss motifs, snakes, Sun Stone, warriors



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