|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1869 Stokes, M.|
|History:||Petrie/1872, 46: `Drawn by M[argaret] S[tokes] from the stone at Clonmacnois in 1869'.|
Recorded as still on site in Macalister/1949, 48.
|Dimensions:||1.14 x 1.14 x 0.11 (converted from Macalister/1949)|
|Condition:||complete , good|
|Crosses:||1: equal-armed; interlace; expanded; other; lozenge; circular; outer curv; none; decorated|
|Decorations:||geometric ribbon interlace; geometric key pattern|
Petrie/1872, 46: `four hexagons arranged in the form of a cross, surrounded with a broad circular band, and all the interstices filled in with rich ornaments of interlaced bands, spirals, and the diagonal form of the Greek fret'.
Macalister/1909, 16: `this magnificent slab is by far the finest in the whole series. The design is peculiar and original; the cross being formed by a single withy-band which by its interlacings makes a square in the centre, and groups of three spiral knots in each of the arms...a key fret surrounds the circle'.
Macalister/1949, 48: `Circle containing a cross formed by interlacements: a fret pattern on the circle'.
|Petrie, G. (1869):||O~R~ARFIAC | HRA ||| ICH|
OROIT AR FIACHRAICH
Pray for Fiachra (PN).
Macalister/1909 16 reading only
Petrie/1872 46, Plate XXXVII reading only
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1949):||O~R~ARFIAC | HRA CH|
OROIT AR FIACHRACH
Macalister/1949 48 reading only
|Position:||n/a ; broad ; above cross ; separated|
The inscription is above the cross, with the second line divided by decoration.
Macalister/1909, 16: `beautifully cut lettering'.
|Palaeography:||CISP: The inscription is in half-uncial. The initial O tapers downwards to a point, and along with the first R is covered by a contraction mark; the Rs are majuscule; the A's are in the `OC' form. In the second line the top of the ring of the cross interrupts the name creating a large space between HRA and ICH.|