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TITLE
Sculptured stone, Tobar Oran, Colonsay
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0926
PLACENAME
Colonsay House
DISTRICT
Jura and Colonsay
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Colonsay and Oronsay
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10819
KEYWORDS
social histories
sculptured stones
wells
photograph
sculpture
carving
crosses
islands
chapels
church
churches
Celtic church
Sculptured stone, Tobar Oran, Colonsay

This sculptured stone, carved in the 9th or 10th century, originally stood near the old chapel site at Riasg Buidhe on the island of Colonsay. It now stands at Tobar Oran, the covered holy well at Colonsay House. This photograph of the stone was taken in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson.

The stone has been shaped and decorated to form a stylised cross. The head at the top of the cross, representing God or Christ, has a ridge around the chin, possibly representing a beard. The stylised body has arms decorated with a spiral pattern and a fish-like tail. This style of sculpture, also seen in Ireland, is thought to be inspired by eastern Mediterranean art.

Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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Sculptured stone, Tobar Oran, Colonsay

ARGYLL: Colonsay and Oronsay

20c

social histories; sculptured stones; wells; photograph; sculpture; carving; crosses; islands; chapels; church; churches; Celtic church

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This sculptured stone, carved in the 9th or 10th century, originally stood near the old chapel site at Riasg Buidhe on the island of Colonsay. It now stands at Tobar Oran, the covered holy well at Colonsay House. This photograph of the stone was taken in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson.<br /> <br /> The stone has been shaped and decorated to form a stylised cross. The head at the top of the cross, representing God or Christ, has a ridge around the chin, possibly representing a beard. The stylised body has arms decorated with a spiral pattern and a fish-like tail. This style of sculpture, also seen in Ireland, is thought to be inspired by eastern Mediterranean art.<br /> <br /> Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.