nave, west door, north upper jamb and lower voussoirs

Image of the feature "III. Exterior Features: 1. Doorways: W nave doorway" at Dunfermline Abbey.

by James King.

Five orders, round headed

Interconnected abaci have chip carving in form of square flower.

Set within salient weathered back below window inserted at mid-height of west front in mid-fifteenth century.

1st order in arch, chevron, soffit flat.

S cap cushion, with areas within the lunettes and cones beneath those lunettes recessed.

N cap cushion, with elements outlined by incisions.

En-delit nook shafts of round profile.

Bases renewed.

2nd order in arch chevron, curving round profile.

S cap scalloped, with three lunettes to each face

N cap cushion, with pairs of angle ridges between cones.

En-delit nook shafts of octagonal profile.

Bases renewed.

3rd order in arch two parallel bands of low-relief eight-petal square flower set on an angled plane.

Caps of corinthianesque form, with blade-like leaves on each side of broad leaf at angle from which crocket-like volute emerges.

En-delit nook shafts of round profile.

Bases renewed.

4th order in arch chevron, curving round profile.

S cap scalloped, with recessed lunettes and ridge between pairs of cones.

N cap weathered cushion.

En-delit nook shafts of octagonal profile.

Bases renewed.

5th order in arch carving set on angled plane. Much detail eroded, but includes heads carved in mid-relief, with prominent eyes, cheeks, some with moustaches; these alternate with motifs including loosely contrived interlace, foliage, a triquetra, and a bird near the arch head on the south side.

Arch framed by a chamfered hoodmould with eroded low relief carving terminating at each end above arch springing in weathered head corbel.

S cap of cushion form with nested V-shaped angle ridges between cones and lunette emphasised by incised line.

N cap weathered cushion.

En-delit nook shafts of round profile.

Bases renewed.

Dimensions

Height of capitals 0.32m
Width between inner jambs 1.89m