The Gosforth Cross

  title={The Gosforth Cross},
  author={K. R. Berg},
  journal={Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes},
  pages={27 - 43}
  • K. Berg
  • Published 1 January 1958
  • History
  • Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
T he tall (15 feet), slender cross at Gosforth (P1. 2e) is among the most beautiful of the early English stone crosses. It was made for one of the Norwegian colonies in the north-west of England and is undoubtedly one of the finest monuments left by the Norse Vikings in the British Isles.' In both form and decoration the Gosforth Cross is unique among the stone crosses. Its form is what Collingwood has called the "staff-rood type" because of its round shaft with the upper parts shaved off into… 
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