Image of the feature "III. Exterior Features: 4. Other: Cross" at Fassaroe.
by Roger Stalley.
The base is circular and slightly conical in form. The top surface is flat and it has a mortice to receive the whole of the cross shaft. Facing NW, and projecting from the surface of the base, is a worn human head, carved in the round. The shaft has a straight vertical section, which expands into a circular head.
On the W face of the cross the carving is recessed below the main surface of the stone. A central cruciform panel contains a figure of the crucified Christ: the arms are horizontal, the hands held out flat; the neck is long and thin, and Christ's head has a pronounced lean to the L; the waist is narrow and there are hints of a loin cloth; the feet are placed close together and may be overlapped. The four quadrants around the crucifixion contain plain sunken panels. The angle of the W face has received a slightly rounded profile.
The E face of the cross head lacks the recessed panels; instead two heads, rather pointed in shape and carved in the round, are located in the centre of the circular field; the S (L) head wears a tall conical mitre, presumably indicating a bishop. On the S side of the circular cross-head is a further human head, projecting in full relief. Its features have been worn away. There is no evidence for a corresponding head on the N side.
|depth of shaft||0.16 m|
|diameter of base||0.95 m|
|diameter of head||1.42 m|
|height of base||0.57 m|
|height of cross, above base||1.42 m|
|width of shaft||0.26 m|