Friday, May 25, 2012

Another really old thing.



This beautiful class II Pictish cross slab, carved in pink granite, is thought to date from the second half of the 9th century AD.

On one side is a very damaged carving consisting of: a circular knot work and spiral pattern at the base; a ringed cross in the centre panel; a man with "sea monsters" to either side of him at the top - possibly Jonah and two whales...a not uncommon theme.

The other side has splendidly carved Pictish symbols: at the bottom is a mirror and comb; above this, a Pictish beast; then a notched rectangle and Z-rod; and at the top is a damaged panel with a centaur and other less clear beasts.

Down either side of the stone are interlace patterns.

The stone stands about ten feet tall, three feet broad, and six inches thick.


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