Donaghenry

Feature Sets (2)

Description

The fragment was found in 1989 lying loose on the ground of the ancient graveyard.

 

  

Features

Loose Sculpture

Fragment

The fragment of limestone is carved on one face with a broad crescent-shaped band which overlaps a similar band at one edge.  Both bands interlace with finer strands of a more rounded profile.

Dimensions

depth 0.045 m
height 0.12 m
width 0.14 m

Comments/Opinions

The stone demonstrates one of the few examples in Ulster of the Irish Urnes style.  Bourke notes the similarity between this fragment and the ornament of the sarcophagus at Cormac's chapel, Cashel, which stands apart from most examples of Irish Urnes in its rounded profile, and the looseness of the looping.  Despite its fragmentary and diminutive nature the stone has important implications for the study of regionalism in Hiberno-Romanesque.

Bibliography

  • C. Bourke, 'Carved Stones from Donaghenry and Stewartstown', The Bell, 5, (1994), 60–65.

Location

Site Location
Donaghenry
National Grid Reference
H 816 714 
Boundaries
pre-1973 traditional (Ulster): Tyrone
now: Tyrone
Dedication
now:
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Graveyard  
Report authors
Rachel Moss