Anglo Saxon

Anglian Carving

Rare Anglo-Saxon carving of lay-people - Yorkshire Museum

This carving dates from about 850 and was probably the shaft of a cross.  It comes from the church of St Mary, Bishophill Junior. 

It is very early for a Christian carving in York, but what is particularly unusual is that its subject matter isn't religious at all, but is of ordinary lay-people.  They are dressed in shin-length tunics, with fashionable hair-styles, one has a sword and the other a horn at his waist.

Chances are that they are the patrons who paid for the cross to be carved.


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