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Title: Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Year: 1915 (1910s)
Authors: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Transactions Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Proceedings and transactions Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Proceedings and papers
Publisher: Dublin, Ireland : The Society
Contributing Library: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
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are remarkable in having two lines incisedon the bands, no others on Irish monuments have more than one.They differ from the threefold bands on Italian and other foreigninterlaced work in having the central division of the band wider thanthe others, which thus form borders to it. Mr Coffey has drawnattention to this.3 There is also at Fahan a rectangular slab on 1 A modern inscription has been cut on the edge of the stone. 2 Vol. xxxix, p. 61, fig. 4. 3 Guide to Celtic Christian Antiquities, p. 14. 186 ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND which is carved a ringed cross in high relief ; it is built into the roadwall near the entrance to the graveyard. The cross at Carndonagh is placed on the road fence near thechurch, and as the bank covers the lower portion, it is uncertain ifthe cross stands in its original socket ; it is almost 7 feet in height,3 feet 8 inches in breadth, and 7 to 8 inches thick. The west side isentirely covered by an interlaced pattern of the class mentioned in
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Carrowmore—East Cross(From Photograph hy H. S. Crawford) connexion with the Fahan cross ; and the edges of the stone bear, onthe south side three rude figures, one above another, and on the northtraces of an interlaced pattern. The east is the principal face, andis occupied by a fine cross of two broad bands, having triquetra-shaped ends ; the cross suggests the Greek form, though the lowerlimb is slightly elongated. The angles of the stone above the armsof the interlaced cross are filled by separate triquetras, one of whichhas an extra twist ; and the corresponding lower angles with PROCEEDINGS 187 zoomorphic triskelia, which take the form of birds radiating fromcentres. This kind of triskelion is rare ; the present examples maybe compared with the three dolphins or sea-horses on one of theplaques of the Cross of the Scriptures at Clonmacnois ; in thatinstance, however, the tails of the animals are in the centre. Belowthe cross is a puzzling design, the central figure of which has
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