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|Description ||St Andrew's Church Dacre, Ancient Cross Shaft.|
This is the larger stone which was discovered amongst the rubble of the east wall durning restoration work in 1875. It is believed to date from the 10th/11th century. At the top of the shaft are two human figures whose hands are joined over a retangular object with pellet-like legs. It is possible that the scene represents Abraham and Isaac. The strange looking four legged creature over their heads may depict the ram sacrificed instead of Isaac. Immediately below is an antlered stag with a dog-like animal on its back. The "hart and hound" motif was often used, particularly by commentators of the bible such as the Venerable Bede, to symbolise the soul pursued by the forces of evil. The scene at the bottom of the shaft is thought to portray Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Eve is reaching up to pick from the tree. She is wearing a skirt whilst Adam appears to be unclothed.
|Could we link this to the Dacre page? NY460266
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