Volume I: County Durham and Northumberland

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Current Display: Auckland St Andrew 2, Durham Forward button Back button
Overview
National Grid Reference of Place of Discovery
Present Location
Among other stones in north-west corner of nave
Evidence for Discovery
Probably found at same time and place as no. 1, but incorrectly described as `a hand with two fingers bent over the palm, supporting a circle probably the host' (Allen 1887, 164 note)
Church Dedication
St Andrew
Present Condition
Broken and differentially worn
Description

Carving survives on one face only. At the top, towards the right, is the lower part of the top of a foot seen frontally, with slight traces of another adjoining it on the left. These rest on a raised rectangular object which extends below, and is overlapped by, the right foot.

To the right are parts of two more feet, the uppermost fully turned, the lower half turned and seen from above. The lower part of a leg and the edge of a garment survive attached to the former.

Discussion

The relationship of the feet at the top to the rectangular object beneath is most plausibly explained if this fragment formed the bottom section of a crucifixion. Their disposition is strikingly similar to the feet on Hexham no. 19, fragment 5, which certainly formed part of a Crucifixion (Pl. 179, 959). The two feet on the right would then have belonged to a male supporting figure — either the Evangelist, or the cup- or sponge-bearer, if the crucifixion depicted were Christ's.

However, the modelling and depth of carving on the fully-turned foot on the right is closely similar to the feet of the archer on face D of no. 1 (Pl. 5,12), and since this fragment was probably found with the latter, it may well have formed part of the same cross. If so, its most likely context is at the bottom of the crucifixion panel on face A, and its scale is certainly compatible with this [1]. Since this probably depicts the crucifixion of St Andrew, the supporting figure would then have most likely been engaged in binding the apostle to the cross, like his companion on the opposite side (see no. 1, Discussion pp. 38-9.

Date
Probably last quarter of eighth to first quarter of ninth century
References
Greenwell 1880-9a, xxiii; Allen 1887, 164 note
Endnotes
1. I am grateful to Mr E. Cambridge for testing this hypothesis.

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