Sculptured stone (fragment)

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from Clune, Dores, Inverness-shire

Postcard of Sculptured stone (fragment).
© National Museums Scotland

Sculptured stone (fragment)

This fragment of a stone carved with a Pictish symbol was found at Clune at Dores in Inverness-shire. It dates from between 500 and 800. The odd shape of the stone is due to its reuse as a chimney-head in a cottage.

The stone was carved with a finely-designed boar symbol which was perhaps the only symbol on the stone.

One of the most interesting - and still not fully understood - legacies of the Picts are their symbol stones, carved with a variety of naturalistic and abstract designs. This naturalistic boar may represent a clan emblem, or perhaps a religious cult.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-453-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 38
Date: Between 500 and 800
Material: Stone; incised figure of a boar; partially broken
Dimensions: 920 mm H x 220 mm L x 680 mm W
What: Stone
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Dores, Clune
Description: Sculptured stone with incised figure of a boar, partially broken, from Clune, Dores, Inverness-shire
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, p 97. 
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