Stylistic Influences in Early Manx Sculpture

David M. Wilson

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264508
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734120 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Stylistic Influences in Early Manx Sculpture

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This chapter examines the influences in the early sculpture in the Isle of Man, particularly the crosses that were previously described as Celtic. It suggests that the inscriptions in the Manx sculpture epigraphically and linguistically relate the island to the lands round the Irish Sea, while their typology and style history provide rough chronological yardsticks. The findings reveal that most pre-Viking memorial stones can be found in cemeteries on the sites of keeills.

Keywords: Manx sculpture; Isle of Man; crosses; inscriptions; Irish Sea; memorial stones; cemeteries; keeills

Chapter.  6093 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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