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Fragments of the Rothbury Cross, 800 AD

Great North Museum: Hancock, Tyne and Wear

Fine Art and Sculpture

600 – 1200

The Rothbury Cross is one of the finest surviving pieces of Anglo-Saxon sculpture from the Kingdom of Northumbria.

It shows the crucifixion and other scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. The cross was made about 100 years after the Lindisfarne Gospels but clearly belongs to the same artistic tradition.

As with the Lindisfarne Gospels, it emphasises the importance of Christianity to the cultural life of the region and demonstrates how faith has inspired works of art.

On loan from The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

On display at the Great North Museum: Hancock in the Explore! Gallery (Anglo Saxon), Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

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