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Equal armed cross

Object number: ROMGH.1998.14.3

Type: Poster

Material: Ballpoint pen, Paper, Pencil

Width: 50.4cm | Height: 49.6cm

Production date: 1946 - 1968

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This poster by George Bain is one in a series that focusses on the Ulbster cross-slab. He seems to have been fascinated by the symmetry of the knotwork design, which is made from a continuous strand. It also appears more than once in his book Methods of Construction.

There are four posters in the group, all showing different aspects of this small cross. At some stage they were taped together. Perhaps Bain wanted to show off this under-stated Pictish masterpiece to people at his lectures. It is intriguing that he hasn’t added any notes to the drawing. Maybe it was his act of celebration for one of the Pictish designs that he most admired.

See Bain's Celtic Art, Methods of Construction page 42 Plate G

Author: Alastair Morton

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